Platelet Rich Plasma and Pain Management

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Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, has been used effectively to treat joint pain in knees, shoulders, elbows and wrists due to injury and/or arthritis. In fact, the treatment of joint pain, and other orthopedic conditions were some of the first effective uses of PRP.

Now, a new study indicates that platelet rich plasma can also be effective to help the millions who suffer chronic neck and lower back pain due to degenerative disease. The condition is known as facet joint arthropathy, and it is one of the most common sources of chronic pain.

It is caused by the degeneration or destruction of the cartilage between the vertebrae of the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine. It is the “facet joints” between the vertebral bones of the spine that makes your neck and back flexible. As the cartilage degenerates, the bones can rub or fuse together, causing intense pain.

A pilot study to test the effectiveness of platelet rich plasma injections in treating facet joint arthropathy was recently conducted by the Stony Brook University Medical Center, and the results were promising.

Using a before and after pain scale, the researchers concluded that “PRP provides a positive effect”. It could be measured in decreases in pain score and “increasers in physical function and satisfaction with social roles,” for a period of 90 days.

The researchers said that more work needs to be done to determine if the benefits of platelet rich plasma can be extended beyond 90 days post injection.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

To answer that you need to understand a little bit more about your blood. While you may think of you blood as a “liquid,” it actually has both a solid and a liquid part.

Platelet Rich Plasma - PRP and healingThe solid part is made up of your red and white blood cells, various proteins, and specialized cells known as platelets. These are all suspended in the liquid part known as “plasma” and course throughout your body as part of the blood stream. Your red cells carry life giving oxygen to all the organs of your body, white cells fight infection, and the proteins and platelets play an important role in healing.

You may know that platelets are what form “clots” in response to a wound or injury. Besides making you “stop bleeding” by allowing your blood to “clot,” platelets also contain long chains of proteins. These proteins are also called or “growth factors,” which are involved in healing.

Basically, PRP is plasma that has been “super-charged” with 10 times as many more platelets and these “healing factors,” than what is normally found in an ordinary drop of blood.

Platelet rich plasma is made from your own blood, which accounts for some of its effectiveness. It is immediately “recognized” by your body, and has few, if any known side effects.

A centrifuge is used to harvest the platelets and the growth factors by separating them from your red and white blood cells.

Then, the platelet rich plasma with the amplified volume of platelets can now be applied by a qualified physician, wherever improved healing is required.

Platelet Rich Plasma and Sexual Wellness

Platelet rich plasma has been proven in other uses to improve blood flow, and stimulate the growth of collagen and other connective tissues. This is likely the mechanism by which patients suffering from facet joint arthropathy saw improvement.

In age-management, PRP can have the same effect in stimulating the growth and renewal of cells to treat sexual wellness issues in both men and women.

Platelet rich plasma is used in the O-shot for women, and in my own proprietary erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment known as the Gains Enhancement.

Platel Rich Plasma for sexual wellnessPhysicians from around the country have come to our Aventura headquarters to train in the use of the Gains Enhancement for the benefit of their own patients.

Thanks to the remarkable healing and rejuvenative effects of platelet rich plasma, the Gains Enhancement is the only non-surgical and pain free ED treatment. It can also add inches to both the length and width of your penis.

You can find out a lot more about sexual wellness and other ways to age optimally in Dr. Gaines’ new full length book, Great Gains For Life.

Have you or anyone you know ever tried a sexual wellness treatment, what were the results?

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2 Comments
  1. Nick
    Posted August 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    This is very interesting, I have had chronic back pain for years, even after surgery for stenosis. I am going to ask my doctor about PRP. Thanks Dr. Gaines, love reading your blogs, they are so informative. I am going over to Amazon right now to buy your book!

    • Dr. Richard Gaines
      Posted August 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Nick, I’m glad to hear this article helped. And please keep in mind that if your doctor is unable to assist you with PRP Therapy, we do have locations nationwide. We’d be happy to assist. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my wellness advisers: (866) 540-3555.

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