Can My Back Pain Be Just from Arthritis?

Back pain does not discriminate. It goes after people who are young or old, healthy or sick, and can be the result of any number of things, including sports play, auto accidents and old age. Because back pain can be caused by more than just arthritis, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional for a thorough physical exam and proper medical diagnosis. Below is some information about available therapies and PRP treatment in Naples, FL.

ARTHRITIS CAN AFFECT THE BACK

If your body goes through cartilage breakdown or muscle inflammation, you might experience back pain in the form of arthritis. Many forms of arthritis and other conditions that affect joints, bones and/or muscles can lead to back problems, like stiffness, swelling and pain. Any part of the back can be affected by arthritis pain, but the lower back is the most common and likely area to feel discomfort.

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Lumbar disc degeneration is another term for osteoarthritis, a common cause of lower back and leg pain. Medical professionals report that it’s patients with degenerative disc disease who frequently have lower back pain, which is the earliest symptom of osteoarthritis. Most of this type of back pain appears after periods of physical activity or prolonged periods of sitting or standing, but the pain tends to come and go. If you have this condition, painful episodes typically become more frequent and intense as you age, leading to a decline in quality of life. It is important to note that the majority of these patients are not ideal candidates for surgery.

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY TREATMENT (PRP)

Living with arthritis will affect more than one aspect of your life. It’s an ailment that can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, and moving around is generally uncomfortable. The good news is that there are arthritis treatment options available to help you deal with the pain and stress that comes with this condition. Here at Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology, one of the most effective options for our patients is platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP treatment.

PRP therapy works by utilizing your blood’s natural healing properties. The platelet-rich plasma is taken from your own blood, which is centrifuged and injected directly into the problem joint. The hope is that this will improve joint function, slow damage to the cartilage in the joint and reduce pain. In some cases, PRP can also help repair muscle. Effectiveness varies from patient to patient, but decreased pain and increased function of the joint are the typical outcomes in most cases. Because the plasma is found naturally in your body, when performed by a trained and experienced practitioner, PRP is a safe treatment, a type of therapy that carries few risks and side effects.

Specific treatments like PRP treatment in Naples, FL or therapy that targets disc pathology such as VAX-D decompression should be initiated early for degenerative disc disease patients. For a free informational report or to arrange a consultation, call the office of Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology at 239-330-1000!

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