Platelet Rich Plasma For Treatment of Degenerative Disc DiseaseOctober 24, 2018
Platelet Rich Plasma For Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain, and in many instances, the root of the pain is degenerative disc disease (DDD). DDD is a condition where your spinal discs degenerate. Spinal discs are made up of soft, compressible material that separates each spinal vertebrae. You can think of them as shock absorbers, which are needed to allow your spine to flex and bend.
The wearing of the discs causes inflammation and a loss of structural integrity, which can put pressure on the spinal nerves, causing pain. This pain can be debilitating for some people. Although DDD is caused by a combination of genetic factors and normal aging of the spine, it can be brought on in young and middle-aged adults by sudden or repetitive injury to the back.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment option that utilizes the body’s natural healing mechanism to promote healing. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins imitate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote the development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
Degenerative disc disease pain can be alleviated temporarily through reduced activity, pain medication or steroid injections but the damage to the discs isn’t repaired and disc degeneration continues to progress over time. PRP therapy is a great option for patients who suffer from DDD who haven’t found relief from other treatments.
Benefits of PRP Therapy
- Improvement In Symptoms
- Less Pain Associated With the Procedure
- Shorter Recovery Period
- Avoid More Aggressive Treatments, like medication or surgery
- Promotes Repair of Damaged Tissue
If you would like more information about platelet-rich plasma therapy or degenerative disc disease, book your consultation with Dr. Robert Silbert, of PM&R Associates at (317)794-2759