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Eighty Percent Chance of Being Pain-Free

Feb 26, 2018 06:07PM ● By Paul Stallone

If you had an 80 percent chance of curing your chronic joint pain, would you take a chance on getting your life back? An 80 percent chance to end your crippling knee or hip pain? An 80 percent chance to play with your children again or enjoy retirement? After years of unrelenting pain, most sufferers have a long list of failed remedies. With nothing to lose except the pain, they should consider giving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) a try.

PRP, a type of regenerative therapy, has the incredible ability to accelerate or initiate tissue repair and growth. This could mean an end to pills, excuses and, most importantly, pain. PRP is a combination of science and the body’s ability to heal itself. Proteins such as growth factors course through our blood. They are delivered to areas of damage, like a cut or sprained ankle. A PRP treatment involves concentrating these powerful growth factors and placing them into injured areas.

This begins in a specialized physician’s office. A simple blood draw and then a quick spin in a centrifuge results in the plasma being separated from the rest of the blood. By separating the blood and using just the plasma, growth factors and platelets are concentrated by up to 500 percent. The physician then injects the plasma into the compromised joint or area. The PRP begins to regenerate bone, repair tissue, and support/grow blood vessels. Over time, tissue is stabilized and thickened, sometimes by up to 40 percent.

Anyone with joint pain should consider discussing PRP with a practitioner. Many conditions can be successfully treated with PRP, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, arthritic damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative disc disease, and most sport injuries. And many of these conditions respond within three to six treatments, spaced a few weeks apart. Many people have avoided surgery by electing for regenerative therapy, and those with degenerative diseases are able to reduce or even eliminate future breakout of tissue with ongoing treatment. 

Unlike cortisone injections, which may actually promote further damage and the formation of scar tissue, PRP is a permanent, natural solution. With an 80 percent chance of permanent pain relief, PRP should be the standard way of treating many sport injuries and joint pain, but because it is considerably less expensive than surgery or a lifetime dependence on pain relievers, this option is unfortunately often not even presented to countless patients.   

The earlier regenerative therapy is administered, the better the success rate; however, long-term conditions still respond quite well, even ones that are decades old. PRP takes less than two hours, and patients are able to return to most activities almost immediately. There’s virtually no reason why anyone with joint pain should not consult with a PRP practitioner. Not only can this revolutionary therapy stop joint pain, it may give someone their life back. 


Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit


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