If you’re experiencing pain from a sports injury, chronic pain is likely stopping you from accomplishing everything you want to.
Pain is debilitating; it can reduce mobility and cause mental health issues such as depression. Read on to learn more about pain reducing treatments that can help address sports injuries and chronic pain.
Injections for Chronic Pain
Injections can help with painful sports injuries that do not get better with time. Joint damage, cartilage tears, tendon and ligament tears, and muscle damage are just some of the many injuries that can be carried with someone for their lifetime. Sports injuries can even lead to arthritis years after the injury occurred.
For some people surgery is the best option to physically repair severely damaged bone or tissue that cannot heal on its own. However, others can benefit from a non-surgical option such as injections. Injections can quickly reduce pain in the knees and shoulders, for example, and help reduce pain and increase joint function.
Steroid injections are one of the most common go-to injectable treatments that sports medicine specialists and orthopedic doctors use for sports injuries and chronic pain to reduce swelling in damaged joint tissues.
The first line of treatment for many doctors is usually corticosteroids to reduce inflammation (and the pain that it causes). However, there is now a treatment available that uses the body’s own healing properties found in blood plasma and platelets to help the body heal itself.
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP Therapy, is an injectable treatment that has been backed by a number of medical studies for its effectiveness in treating shoulder and knee joint pain.
The patient’s blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the different components inside of the blood such as red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The platelets are then concentrated and added to the solution in to produce a high platelet count. After being drawn up into a syringe, the patient’s plasma and platelets are then injected into the affected joint (usually knees or shoulders).
What PRP Can Do for Healing and Chronic Pain
Healthline recently reported on a meta-analysis of 14 different studies that used PRP injections to treat osteoarthritis pain in the knee joints and tissues. They discovered that pain was significantly reduced for recipients of PRP injections, and noticeable pain reduction was still in place at the patients’ 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month follow-ups.
PRP is not a cure-all, but patients who receive this treatment often have less pain than prior to treatment, their swelling is reduced, and both mobility and function are improved.
Get PRP Injections for Sports Injuries and Chronic Pain
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, contact Advanced Pain Medical Group to meet with one of our sports medicine doctors. Our goal is to help you feel better and live with less pain.
Schedule your first appointment today by calling us at (818) 208-6091. We are located in Beverly Hills, Bakersfield, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Valencia, and West Hills.