Dealing with chronic shoulder pain can severely impact your everyday activities, making even simple tasks like reaching for something off of a shelf hard to accomplish, let alone enjoying your favorite activities or time with your family.
Shoulder pain can result from many different sources, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, or sports-related injuries. When patients complain of severe shoulder pain, most doctors will recommend prescription medications to manage the pain, and in more extreme cases, surgery may be the prescribed treatment.
While some patients may see surgery as their best option, an increasing number of shoulder pain sufferers are looking for natural alternatives. This is likely in response to the risks involved with surgeries; they are invasive, require lengthy recovery times, and can create a vulnerability to complications such as blood clots and infections.
In addition to the risks of the procedure, it is common to have to undergo weeks even months of rehabilitation afterward. Thankfully there is another option that is safe and non-invasive. Platelet-Rich Plasma(PRP) therapy can help relieve pain long-term while increasing range of motion, helping to make everyday life more enjoyable free of pain.
What is PRP?
PRP uses your body’s natural ability to heal itself through your own blood. It starts with a small blood sample typically taken right in your doctor’s office at the time of your visit. The sample is then spun through what is known as a centrifuge.
This process separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the sample creating a serum rich in growth factors, cytokines, and proteins. The platelet-rich serum is then injected into the injured or painful area of the shoulder.
Because this serum is highly concentrated with healing properties, it helps to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. As a result, PRP injections can actually reach the source of the pain, reduce inflammation, and increase blood flow almost immediately, giving patients fast and long-lasting pain relief.
You don’t have to have a highly active lifestyle or be an athlete to suffer from shoulder pain. Your shoulders are in constant motion every day regardless of what activity you are engaging in, leaving them open to a variety of injuries and degenerative conditions that can lead to severe or chronic pain.
Injuries and Conditions Include:
- Strains or sprains
- Fractured collarbone
- Frozen shoulder
- Tendon tears
Whether your shoulder pain is a direct result of an accident, sports-related injury, or degeneration due to an active lifestyle, it is not something that you have to learn to live with or have to resort to invasive surgical procedures or a lifetime of pain masking medications. PRP injections can provide real relief from chronic pain.
If you are tired of suffering through each day with limited mobility and shoulder pain and are in search of an effective, natural alternative, PRP injections may be the right solution for your individual pain-needs.