Spark Health has focused its medical background in the areas of pain management and improving athletic performance. Utilizing a sports medicine background with natural medical knowledge, prolotherapy and PRP regenerative injections are the main therapeutic modality performed for pain. Our practitioners are highly trained in physical medicine and regenerative joint injections being taught by The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative injections have been treating acute and chronic pain for the past 40 years. It has gained popularity in the United States due to NBA star Kobe Bryant going to Germany to receive Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Now NFL stars such as Brandon Marshall have been receiving regenerative injections for acute physical conditions. Prolotherapy has been showing promising results compared to cortisone (steroid) injections. It has shown long lasting and well-tolerated results in nearly every joint of the body.
Prolotherapy is a mixture of 50% dextrose solution combined with 0.9% normal saline and an anesthetic such as lidocaine. This formula is specially formulated to produce inflammation in a person’s affected joint. Yes, you read that correct, prolotherapy causes inflammation in the joint, which therefore, your body produces an inflammatory response to bring growth factors, cofactors to produce collagen and elastic fibers to the area to promote healing. An amazing concept that allows the body to heal itself and aligns quite well with the naturopathic philosophy of let nature be thy cure. Instead of dampening the bodies own biological processes with pharmaceutical drugs, prolotherapy utilizes the bodies own immune cells to stimulate growth and repair.
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections is a safe procedure that involves a blood collection and a specialized needling technique to improve joint pain and joint function. PRP procedure involves collecting a patients blood that is spun down to extract platelets. Platelets are a natural substance the body produces that induce stem cell production, collagen production, elastic fiber production, and contain growth factors that are beneficial in healing and repair of joints. Once these platelets are collected they are injected back into a patient’s injured joint which causes an inflammatory response (which is good). PRP induces the bodies own healing response to take place while the platelets are acting as stem cells and inducing growth and repairs of the joint capsule and surrounding soft tissue. PRP is a great alternative to steroid injections, pharmaceutical interventions, or even surgery.
Prolotherapy/PRP regenerative injections will benefit the professional athlete but also the normal wear and tear on our bodies. It will help repair nagging aches and pains, but also prevent serious surgeries in the future. The best time to receive prolotherapy/PRP is anytime! There are some athletes that receive treatment prior to competition to strengthen the ligaments and connective tissues. Acute and chronic conditions can be effectively treated. Prolotherapy/PRP has only recently been available to the general public due to its expanding research and science behind the art of regenerative injections. Call now to learn more about Prolotherapy/PRP and book your initial consult today!
Dr. Jason Phan NMD