Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
More people are becoming familiar with platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This is an effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain which involves having your blood drawn, much like a lab test, centrifuging it into red cells, white cells and platelets, and removing the concentrated platelet section containing liquid gold growth factors (and there are many of these!). This PRP is injected into the area of concern (for example the knee joint) to begin the regeneration of healthy tissue needed for recovery. PRP is similar to prolotherapy in that it stimulates tissue repair, but it can speed up the healing process enormously. Our new system provides a whopping 8x concentration of the platelets and we think this leads to its effectiveness. While not guaranteed to work for everyone, it is gratifying for most. For more information see our updated FAQ page; and also our Links page for some studies on platelet-rich plasma.
Botox injections can provide very effective relief from migraine. If you have an extended medical plan this treatment may be more affordable than you think. Botox is thought to mediate pain by blocking the release of substances our bodies make (CGRP) which cause pain, as well as by relaxing some of the tense muscles around the face and neck. It prevents or lessens migraine intensity and frequency for at least 3 months before it needs to be repeated again. The procedure involves very superficial injections with tiny needles and is tolerated well and doesn't take long. Relief is in sight! Note: this is a preventative treatment meaning if it is effective, you won't suffer nearly as many migraines during the 3 months after treatment.
Jannice is a family physician with an interest in the treatment of pain. Anything to help the process is added to this blog.