platelet rich plasma

  1. Platelet-rich plasma can help you heal faster

    The athletes’ secret to beating pain

    If you’ve been watching the NBA playoffs, you know that the best player in the game right now… maybe EVER… just missed some time due to a sprained knee.

    And you might also know that Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors came back from this injury after just two weeks – a full MONTH earlier than the six weeks you’d normally need to recover from that kind of sprain.

    What’s his secret?

    It’s not just that he’s a superstar athlete at the top of his game. It’s not just elite physical conditioning that allows him to heal faster.

    He’s got something else in his corner… something that’s available to you, right now, and could help heal your own pain from strains and sprains.

    Shortly after his injury, Curry had what’s known as “platelet-rich plasma therapy,” a cutting-edge treatment that involves removing some of your blood and spinning it into a centrifuge to sort out the platelets and growth factors.

    Then, those platelets and growth factors are injected into the site of the injury, where they stimulate healing.

    It’s not just Steph Curry who’s seen how well this treatment works.

    A growing number of athletes around the world have turned to this therapy to help speed the healing of injuries in joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

    But you don’t have to be a superstar athlete to get the benefits.

    I offer it here at the Stengler Center, and I’ve seen injuries that would normally take weeks to resolve heal in a matter of days. I’ve even seen it work wonders for seniors.

    Age can make it harder to heal, and sometimes it can feel as if life has become a painful journey from one injury to the next.

    Complain to a mainstream doc, and odds are he’ll shrug and say you’re just getting older. He’ll tell you that pain is part of life now and that you should just gobble some painkillers and wait for it to heal.

    Over the long run, that’s a recipe for disaster – because the injury might never properly heal, or you could aggravate it and actually make it worse.

    Why live with that pain when you don’t have to?

    Platelet-rich plasma is often highly effective for pain in the elbows, knees, shoulders, wrists, and feet, especially in the cases of injuries that have been frustratingly slow to heal.

    Along with PRP, you can also ask your doctor about ozone therapy, when this natural gas is injected into the trouble spot to stimulate healing. And don’t forget the tried-and-true: acupuncture and chiropractic and massage therapy can all help heal injuries and fight pain.

    Work closely with a holistic medical doctor. And if you’re in Southern California, I offer all of these drug-free therapies here at the Stengler Center. Contact my office to make an appointment to see me here in the San Diego area.

    Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule an appointment.

  2. Cortisone shots hurt symptoms of tennis elbow

    Skip the steroids for elbow injuries

    You don't have to play tennis to suffer symptoms of tennis elbow -- it can be caused by everything from golf to computer use.

    But whatever the cause, the outcome is the same: Pain, and plenty of it.

    One of the most common treatment for symptoms of tennis elbow is a steroid shot right in the elbow -- and if you think the injury is painful, just wait for that injection.

    So let me save you some pain, because cortisone shots are a waste of time and money. They not only don't work, they can actually hinder your recovery.

    In a new study, patients who got the shot had a little less pain than patients who got a placebo at the four-week mark. But a year later, they were actually less likely to have made a full recovery than patients who got that placebo.

    That's in line with what we've seen before -- like the recent study where people who got steroid injections were not only less likely to make a full recovery, they were also 63 percent more likely to suffer a relapse.

    And that means when it comes to symptoms  tennis elbow, it's time to take a new approach -- a drug-free approach that's proven to work, instead of proven to leave you battling more pain and disability.

    Any plan to get back in action on the tennis court or golf course -- or at your computer keyboard -- has to start with a rehabilitation program that includes basic stretching exercises.

    It can be a slow process, even frustrating at times. But there are drug-free ways to speed the process, ease the pain, and stimulate healing at the same time, starting with acupuncture and cold laser.

    In addition, I often recommend a cutting-edge therapy called platelet-rich plasma.

    A small amount of your blood is removed and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected back in to stimulate healing at the site of the injury.

    It works so well that some of the world's top athletes swear by it.

    One day, PRP will be the standard treatment for these types of injuries and symptoms of tennis elbow. But for now, you may need to do a little searching before you find a doctor who has the right amount of experience to trust with your elbow.

    And if you're in Southern California, why not go where the athletes go for this cutting-edge treatment? Make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

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