Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Is a Boon for Patients With Low Back Pain

Consider this: 80% of Americans experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and it’s the second leading cause of disability in the U.S. These eye-opening numbers make clear one thing — low back pain is a common, and incredibly frustrating, condition to deal with.

Like our name implies, here at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, we strive to find innovative solutions for low back pain, helping our patients in Elkhart, Indiana, get on with their lives without limitations. To that end, we tackle low back pain from several different angles, and we’ve found great success in tapping our own resources, namely our platelets, to promote healing and long-term health.

If you’d like to explore why platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a boon for patients with low back pain, read on.

The power of platelets

Your blood contains four ingredients: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Your platelets perform an important duty in clotting your blood, but what many people don’t realize is that your platelets also contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors, that aid in healing and regeneration.

The problem is that sometimes your body is unable to respond in the speed and numbers of platelets it takes to properly heal an area. With PRP therapy, Dr. Orlando Landrum and the team at Cutting Edge take a sample of your blood and isolate your platelets using a special centrifuge. Once isolated, we mix the resulting platelet concentrate back in with your plasma and inject them into the tissue that needs a healing boost.

In effect, we’re beefing up your natural healing resources and redirecting them to where your body needs them most.


The down low

Outside of muscle strain, one of the biggest drivers of low back pain is disc degeneration. At the core of your low back are five large vertebrae, which make up your lumbar spine. These vertebrae are separated by discs, which provide crucial cushioning and prevent your vertebrae from rubbing together.

Each of your discs consists of a tough, yet pliable, outer layer made of cartilage, which houses a jelly-like substance that’s responsible for the support and shock absorption.

Over time, your discs can succumb to general wear-and-tear and degenerative disc disease, which compromises the tough outer layer, allowing some of the substance inside to leak out or bulge (a herniated or ruptured disc) and irritate the nerve roots in the area, giving you low back pain.


The PRP difference

With PRP therapy, we can send in reinforcements that help shore up your discs by providing them with the regenerative and healing tools they need to continue to perform their job without causing you pain.

Our PRP therapy works both short- and long-term for several reasons. First, the platelets work immediately to reduce inflammation, which reduces the nerve irritation and alleviates your pain. Second, when we inject platelets into the area, your body responds in kind, sending in even more. Third, as your platelets release growth factors, they help create healthy new tissue that provides long-term relief.

In fact, one study found that 60% of patients with early-stage degenerative disc disease experienced considerable improvements in both pain and function, and the improvements were long-term.

Not stopping there, Dr. Landrum uses platelet lysate, which is a more advanced version of PRP where he opens your platelets to release the growth factors at once for accelerated results.

If you’d like to find out more about this exciting solution for low back pain, please give us a call, or use the online booking tool found on this website to request an appointment.

Dr. Orlando Landrum

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