Pain management in Hoffman Estates includes a variety of treatments. The doctor will start by identifying the cause of the pain. For example, arthritis is a common cause – but there are many different types. The doctor will typically start by recommending conservative treatments like medication with surgery being a last resort for pain management in Hoffman Estates.
What Is PRP?
PRP stands for “platelet-rich plasma,” and it describes a type of injection used to treat pain and inflammation. Plasma is the liquid through which blood cells travel, while platelets are blood cells that form blood clots and otherwise help heal injuries.The doctor will put blood drawn from the patient in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components. They will then inject the resulting PRP into the treatment site. The concentrated platelets will stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation.
How Does Cryotherapy Relieve Pain?
Cryotherapy is the use of cold to relieve pain. It can range from simply placing ice on the treatment site to having the patient immerse their body in cold water. Exposure to the cold constricts the blood vessels and thus reduces the amount of blood reaching the injury. That, in turn, reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain. Cryotherapy is particularly effective during the first three days after an injury.
What Are Bone Spurs?
Bone spurs are bony bumps that usually develop along the spine or in joints. Depending on their location, bone spurs may not cause any symptoms or they may make it painful to move the affected joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of bone spurs. In most cases, the doctor will start by recommending pain medication.
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