Chronic pain and degeneration of our tissues are commonplace in our country. This can be due to our body aging and degeneration becoming so significant that the level of function and activity we once experienced in our younger years decreases. Or it can be related to trauma from an injury or genetic predisposition to degeneration and dysfunction. Whatever the cause, we have treatments to help improve and restore structure and function to those tissues and areas of concern. At Sirona Integrative Health, we use different modalities to stimulate the body’s innate immune system to regenerate and repair the damaged tissues.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a treatment that uses a person’s own immune cells and signaling factors to stimulate repair and regeneration. The process includes removing blood from the body, like in a blood draw, spinning it down in a centrifuge to separate the solid red blood cells from the plasma and platelets. The platelet-rich plasma is isolated and injected back into the damaged tissues under ultrasound guidance.
You may be wondering how the plasma does this. Each PRP injection of plasma is rich in platelets. Accompanying these platelets are growth factors that our body uses to stimulate new soft tissue and nerves. By injecting concentrated doses of these factors into the tissue, we are essentially giving a “jump-start” to the body’s innate healing powers.
There are many applications for PRP some of those offered at Sirona Integrative Health are listed below:
Prolotherapy (prolo) is another treatment modality that may increase the body’s immune system to heal damaged tissues. Prolo is a numbing solution such as lidocaine or procaine combined with dextrose, a sugar compound. As with PRP, the prolo combination is injected into the joint and surrounding tissues. The solution works to stimulate white blood cells, platelets, and growth factors to migrate to damaged tissue and support regeneration.
Our non-opioid pain relief options include trigger point injection therapies. These therapies are similar to that of prolotherapy. A numbing solution combined with dextrose and a small number of B vitamins is injected directly into the muscles and soft tissues to reduce chronic pain. These injections are commonly used to treat chronic back pain, sciatica caused by muscle tension, etc. Trigger point injections are a great addition to treatment regimens, including acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care.