“Time is not a cure for chronic pain, but it can be crucial for improvement. It takes time to change, to recover, and to make progress.”
Treating Hip Pain with Prolotherapy and PRP Therapy (Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy)
When to Seek Treatment for Hip Pain
Hip joint pain may feel like it’s coming from your thigh, groin, or back. You may see a reduced range of motion and start limping as the pain persists. Most people suffer too long with hip pain before they take action. Many hip problems are degenerative, so seek out an evaluation when pain persists more than a few months. Similarly, seek help if your hip is swollen, red or warm, or if you have hip pain when resting or at night.
Regenerative Treatments for Hip Pain: Prolotherapy, PRP, and Stem-cell Therapy
Regenerative treatments can prevent and reverse joint degeneration. Even when pain is chronic or disease is more advanced, prolotherapy, PRP and stem-cell treatments may still help with pain or even restore your hip joint’s structure and function.
For those searching for relief and aspire to avoid surgery, or heal faster if you’ve already had hip surgery, or are just curious about prolotherapy, PRP and stem-cell treatments, please read the below descriptions of these regenerative treatments and call (480) 451-6161 to schedule an appointment.
Prolotherapy uses self-healing mechanisms to enhance joint structure and function by rebuilding ligaments and tendon structures.
Hip pain from a variety of conditions may permanently resolve when ligaments and joint capsules are repaired using prolotherapy (or “regenerative ligament therapy”). Prolotherapy can often effectively treat and heal acute or chronic pain conditions, arthritis and the wide range of pain caused by injured or weak ligaments. By stabilizing injured ligaments, prolotherapy can resolve chronic joint pain, allowing proper gait to be restored.
In our clinic, we carefully examine painful joints to identify injured ligaments and other damaged tissue. This detailed, focused exam is critical to effective prolotherapy treatment. In our clinic, prolotherapy is part of a treatment plan that may include a variety of naturopathic methods and nutrients.
We inject a prolotherapy solution that stimulates the growth of healthy collagen. Our physicians use a nutrient formula consisting of the natural substances glucose (which provides energy for healing, stimulating collagen growth), and glucosamine sulfate (which builds collagen, tightening the joint), along with a short-acting local anesthetic. When these nutrients are released directly into the area that is causing the pain, they trigger repair and a healing cascade that first tones the existing ligament structure and then produces new collagen that strengthens the ligaments and cartilage. The strengthened ligaments and cartilage then stabilizes the joint, effectively removing the source of the pain. Generally, three to eight prolotherapy treatments are needed to fully stabilize an injured joint. The prolotherapy treatments are often enough to restore proper joint function.
Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy)
Professional athletes’ use of PRP therapy has generated lots of attention. Naturopathic Physicians Group has been using PRP since 2004.
Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Alex Rodriguez, and Rafael Nadal are among the elite athletes that have popularized PRP after treatments helped them either recover from acute injuries faster or for helping with nagging joint issues. Fortunately, PRP treatment is accessible to all athletes and anyone who wants to stay active and healthy. It is effective for many orthopedic ailments including arthritis, tendonitis, muscle spasms, popping or creaking joints, bursitis, and torn ligaments and cartilage. PRP therapy is especially effective for advanced degeneration, and joints that resist healing, such as osteoarthritic hips and knees.
Ligaments, cartilage, tendons and joint capsules have limited circulation, which impairs their ability to heal naturally. (Platelets are a normal response to trauma, so they are not activated by chronic pain conditions.)
Platelet-rich plasma therapy delivers concentrated platelets and proteins (growth factors) directly into pain sites (ligaments and other injured joint tissue). We begin with a small sample of your blood that is centrifuged to concentrate the platelets, creating the PRP. The platelets attach to injured collagen fibers and release their healing growth factors. These molecules generate a chemical signal that attracts stem cells, which develop into the different types of cells (tendon, ligament and/or cartilage) needed to repair the injury and create healthy new joint tissue. The injected platelets continue to secrete additional growth factors for three to five days. This launches a healing process that continues over 4-8 weeks.
After a thorough intake, examination, and diagnosis, our naturopathic doctors will discuss your options. They may suggest a treatment plan that blends the cost-effectiveness of prolotherapy with the increased effectiveness of PRP to optimize your healing in severe joint disease.
Call our clinic today, and book an appointment to determine if PRP therapy and other regenerative treatments may help alleviate your joint pain.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical and minimally invasive approach to restoring joint function.
Your stem cells can build new cartilage, ligament and tendon tissue and restore a joint’s original function. Stem-cell therapy is an alternative to joint replacement surgery. It is non-surgical and minimally invasive. It is low-risk: it doesn’t permanently alter your structure with foreign materials as with joint replacement surgery. It leaves your options open.
Stem cells are the “big guns” of regenerative joint-repair therapy. The treatment concentrates your own stem cells at the site of an injury to exploit their ability to develop into the specific cell types needed to repair and restore your injured joint.
For stem-cell treatment, we will collect stem cells from your body, concentrate them and then precisely place them where healing is needed. Your body’s own healing process will take over from there.
Many of our patients have experienced significantly reduced pain with stem cell therapy we provide in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ.
Conditions that cause hip pain include:
- Strained muscles and tendons: Certain awkward or sudden movements can strain the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the hip. Once inflamed, they can cause pain and prevent the hip from working normally.
- Tendinitis: Tendons are bands of strong, thick tissue connecting bones to muscles. These tendons can become inflamed or irritated after repetitive stress or overuse. Tendinitis can cause intense pain.
- Bursitis: Liquid-filled cushions called bursae make sure bones, muscles, and tendons don’t rub together when we move. The lubricating function of bursae may get overwhelmed and inflamed by repetitive motions that overstrain or abuse these normally tough tissues.
- Hip labral tear: In the hip’s ball-and-socket joint, the cartilage lining the socket extends a thin lip (labrum) beyond the bone portion of the socket that helps hold the ball in place. People who do repetitive twisting motions may tear that thin ring of cartilage; those tears can be very painful.
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis is a common cause of hip pain that gets worse over time. Cartilage, the tough, resilient tissue that forms the slippery bearing surfaces lining our joints, gets inflamed and eroded by arthritis, and eventually, joint contact surfaces are bone-on-bone.
- Hip fractures: We typically break the neck of the femur that supports the ball portion (femur) of your ball-and-socket hip joint. Fractures are often caused by falls and crashes; hip bones are also vulnerable to osteoporosis, obesity, and aging: bones lose strength and density as we get older.
- Avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis): When blood flow to the ball (femur head) is impaired, the bone tissue sometimes dies. This can be caused by accidents that damage the bone’s blood supply, and by long-term use of alcohol or steroids (cortisone or prednisone).
Get medical help right away if the hip pain came on suddenly from a fall or other injury, if it’s intense, if you heard a pop in the joint when you injured it, if you can’t put weight on it, or if you can’t move your leg or hip.
No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.