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Getting Back in the Game Without Pain – Advanced Solutions

March 22, 2022 | Interventional Pain Management, Sports Injury Treatment

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Athletes are a determined bunch and have a habit of pushing through the pain, sometimes with adverse consequences. However, pain of any kind can interfere with both mental and physical performance.  

Clinician attending to patient's knee.

Why Athletes Should Prioritize Pain Relief

Athletes often find themselves in the position of having to get the job done despite significant pain. This should be avoided as continuing to put pressure on an injured body part can lead to a worsening of the condition and may even turn a temporary issue into a permanent problem.

Getting a diagnosis from a sports medicine specialist is vital to applying the appropriate treatment and preserving the ability of the mechanisms involved. 

Delaying treatment only prolongs the pain and can jeopardize future mobility.

Common Sports Injury Symptoms

Sports injuries often result in the following symptoms:

  • Back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Golf and tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Hip, foot, and ankle pain
  • Muscle spasms

When these signs of stress are persistent or chronic, advanced medical technology is called for. 

PRP – Platelet-Rich Plasma

PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a cutting-edge and proven regenerative treatment that can help treat many conditions.

How Does PRP Work?

Platelet-rich plasma works by extracting platelets and growth factors from your blood, mixing them, and injecting the solution into damaged tissues.

This treatment has been known to provide positive results by encouraging strong, new, healthy tissue to grow and replace damaged and weakened areas.

PRP works best on ligaments, tendons, and joints as they have a naturally limited blood flow.

Other Advanced Interventions for Chronic or Sudden Pain

Traditional pain relief treatments include steroid injections and nerve blocks. Besides PRP and stem cell therapy, the following advanced treatments and procedures have been used successfully to treat acute and chronic pain. 

  • Spinal cord stimulator – To effectively reduce pain in the lower back and legs when other treatments have failed.
  • Exosomes therapy – Here, packets of proteins, cytokines, and messenger RNA, also referred to as mRNA, are introduced to damaged cells. This therapy contains extracellular vesicles designed to instruct the targeted cells to grow faster and replace damaged RNA or protein strands.
  • Regenerative stem cell therapyAnother state-of-the-art treatment is stem cell therapy and is a potential game-changer for medical science. When new stem cells are injected into areas of aged or injured cells, the fresh stem cells help trigger dormant stem cells to help repair the damaged tissue. 
  • Amniotic injections – A concentrated form of amniotic fluid derived from the amniotic membrane is injected into damaged tissue to help generate healthy cells and provide guideposts for subsequent regenerative therapies.

Traditional Pain Treatments

Other traditional non-surgical pain relief treatments provided by comprehensive pain clinics often include the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Electromyography
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Joint mobilization
  • Trigger point therapy and myofascial release
  • Joint fluid replacement
  • Strength and mobility training
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • McKenzie exercise programs
  • Cold laser therapy

Learn More About Your Pain Relief Options in Southeast FL 

Advanced Relief Institute has offices in Miami, Oakland Park, Aventura, and Boca Raton, Florida, with another coming in Sunrise. Contact us today by calling one of our locations at (954) 458-1199.
More information about PRP can be found here.