Pain Management - Aesthetics Park Avenue
For individuals who regularly experience chronic pain such as joint pain, living with discomfort or a limited range of motion becomes a way of life. Many people who live in pain want to put off surgery for as long as possible, but that is not the only option you have. Pain management is something being offered in a Medical Spa in the form of PRP and PRF therapy, acupuncture, and osteopathic manipulation that can be an effective solution for everyone.
Before and Afters
PRP & PRF Therapy for pain
Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is a non-operative, permanent solution for conditions such as arthritis and ligament/tendon sprains and tears. Utilizing the body’s natural healing process, PRP therapy is a concentration of platelets that are injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means, on average, an injured individual can get back to a pain-free life in four to six weeks.
The process for PRP therapy starts with a simple blood draw. The sample is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the rest of the components. The extracted PRP is then injected into the target areas, such as the hips or knees. It might sound more complicated than Botox, but there is little to no downtime associated with this treatment, which is why many individuals are opting for pain management before they consider surgery.
PRP was made popular by professional athletes and weekend warriors through its treatment of season-ending symptoms including swelling, stiffness, inflammation, tenderness, and pain.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are most effective for the following conditions:
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Nerve entrapment syndromes, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and pain
- Lumbar and cervical facet dysfunction and pain
PRP for Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Healing
Additionally, PRP can be effective for many cases of osteoarthritis by stimulating healing of cartilage and reducing pain and disability. This includes:
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
PRF, also known as platelet-rich fibrin, is very similar to PRP. Both of these substances contain a high concentration of platelets that store growth factors and cytokines. The main difference between the two is the fibrin factor in PRF. The fibrin network in PRF is structured in such a way that more cytokines and growth factors can be stored, which allows for greater healing in the area. Cell migration is another factor that comes with PRF, as well as proliferation, so you can expect more efficient wound healing and pain management.