PRP for Lower Back Pain

Woman with Low Back Pain | PRP for Lower Back Pain

Almost everyone experiences back pain during their life. Whether sports related or simply from picking up something incorrectly, back pain occurs frequently. The problem lies in not knowing the exact cause of the pain. Typically it leads to back stiffness, decreased movement, or difficulty standing straight. Back pain that persists over a long time is considered chronic and a specialist should be contacted. PRP for lower back pain is one of a few treatments that heals these ailments.

Reasons for Lower Back Pain:

While it is very difficult to pinpoint why a patient suffers from low back pain, there’s usually some telltale signs. For example, think about the way that you sit at a desk or table. Do you sit with perfect posture the entire time? Do you ever slouch or hunch over the keyboard? If the answer to any of these is yes, then chances are your lower back pain stems from poor posture. You are far from alone. In fact we wrote two blog posts on desk related back pain and how standing desks are helpful for back pain.

On the other hand, do you play sports? Is it a contact sport where you take repeated blows to the body? Or perhaps it is a sport that compromises your posture – which is nearly every sport. Even if you have perfect posture and don’t play sports, other factors such as weight gain play a crucial role in back health. With added stressors, the spine can become tilted which may lead to a loss of back support. The point is that there are a number of reasons why you may be suffering from back pain. The good news is that there are ways to help with your pain.

Helping to Reduce Back Pain:

Just as there are a number of ways your back may be compromised, there are a number of ways to cure back pain. First and foremost we recommend seeking professional advice on dieting and exercise. The last thing you would want to do is cause more harm to your back. Secondly, we recommend you take a look at your posture. As we mentioned above, many people suffer from poor posture while sitting for too long. However, this is not isolated to sitting at a desk for work. If you lounge on the couch, sleep in an unsupportive bed, or even walk with a slight slouch you may be compromising your back health.

Take some time out of your day to stretch. While it would be nice to start doing yoga poses in the middle of the office, it is slightly unrealistic. So instead you can always take a walk to the bathroom or water cooler and stretch your back. This circulates blood and relieves the stress of sitting for too long in one spot.

Speaking of yoga though, it is a great way to lose weight and give your body the proper stretch it needs. Our post on exercises for lower back pain offers some suggestions and a good place to start. The key is to start with smaller goals that are obtainable. Very few people can start yoga and keep up with the masters.

PRP for Lower Back Pain:

If all else fails, there are medical treatments to help eliminate back pain. It should be noted, however, that even if you seek PRP for lower back pain you should still utilize the advice above. There is no point in going through with regenerative medicine if you are just going to keep doing what is causing the pain in the first place.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are quite unique in the medical world. Besides bone marrow concentrate (BMC) therapy, PRP is one of the few injection that uses a patients own blood to heal them. Due to the treatment being autologous (using your own blood), there are very few side effects. This is in part the reason why so many athletes are now turning their attentions to platelet-rich plasma instead of surgery. The outpatient nature of the treatment means you get to avoid the hospital and it is a rather quick and easy procedure.

PRP begins with a specialist removing a sample of the patients blood. The sample is then centrifuged to separate the various layers of blood. By removing unwanted layers, the sample now solely consists of platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is injected into the injured site and releases growth factors that promote healing.

It is important to remember that PRP is vastly different than cortisone shots. Quite often you will hear the two being mentioned in the same breath, however cortisone simply masks pain and PRP heals what is causing pain.  Furthermore, PRP is natural and consists of your blood while cortisone is foreign and unnatural.