Can PRP Therapy Help Relieve Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be exceedingly frustrating and disruptive, often keeping people from participating in the activities they enjoy while also causing problems with everyday routines like sleeping, working, and even washing your hair. While there are a number of synthetic injections and surgical options available for neck pain, many people are interested in less invasive, more convenient, and more natural solutions for relieving neck pain. At Southwest Spine & Sports, double board-certified interventional medicine physician Dr. Michael Wolff and our experienced team provide a complete selection of neck pain relief options to cater to the needs of our patients, including many of Scottsdale, AZ, VIPs, athletes, and others. Read on to learn about PRP therapy for the natural relief of neck pain, and find out what you can expect with this cutting-edge treatment.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, is a naturally occurring substance found in the blood. PRP is packed with nutrients, growth hormones, and other components that can help optimize tissue healing, regeneration, and more. During PRP therapy, a small amount of blood is extracted using a routine blood draw method from the patient’s arm. The PRP is then isolated and prepared for injection via a syringe. Using image guidance (like fluoroscopy or ultrasound), Dr. Wolff then injects the PRP into the precise area of injury, damage, or pain. Over time, the PRP works to accelerate the body’s natural healing process by increasing blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation, and triggering the growth of new, healthy cells.
Can PRP be used in the neck?
For many patients suffering from neck pain, damaged discs in the cervical spine, injuries, arthritis, and other causes are at least in part to blame. PRP therapy is often considered an effective and appropriate option for treating neck pain. If you have neck pain that won’t respond to behavioral modifications and other treatments and you wish to avoid synthetic steroid injections or surgery, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wolff to learn whether PRP therapy may be suitable for your neck pain.
Where else can PRP therapy be used?
Some of the most common joints and other areas for PRP injections to relieve pain and promote healing include:
- Low back
- Rotator cuff
- Elbow (tennis elbow)
How many rounds of PRP injections will I need for pain relief?
The number of PRP injections required for healing and pain relief will vary from patient to patient depending on the type, location, severity, and cause of their injury or pain, in addition to their body’s response to treatment. In some cases, just a few injections can provide adequate relief, while other patients may need a series of 4 – 6 PRP injections to achieve their desired results. Dr. Wolff can help provide guidance on how many PRP treatments you’ll need following a thorough consultation and exam.
Get the natural neck pain relief you deserve and regain your comfort and mobility with PRP therapy in Scottsdale, AZ
If neck pain is disrupting your life and not responding to other treatment methods, we can help you understand what options you have. To learn more about the benefits of PRP for neck pain, including whether you may qualify for treatment, call Southwest Spine & Sports to schedule your one-on-one consultation with double board-certified physician and leading Scottsdale, AZ, pain management specialist Dr. Michael Wolff today.