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The Science behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The Science Behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is most concisely defined as a volume of plasma that contains a concentrate of platelets (PLT) above that of baseline blood levels.[1]PRP, while considered experimental to most third-party payers, has been used for over 30 years as an aid in recovery following certain surgical, orthopedic and dental procedures with thousands of research articles having been published over that time on the safety and efficacy of its application.  It is an autologous blood product which can be injected into virtually any damaged area of the body to deliver PLT-derived Growth Factors (PDGF) to promote healing.[2] Given the autologous nature of PRP, potential side effects or complications are theoretically reduced – moreover, as it is one’s own blood simply being re-administered, many view PRP as a holistic treatment methodology. In order to understand the conceptual benefit of PRP, one…

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Dr. Hunter Has Officially Become a Consultant and Speaker for St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical is a medical device company on the forefront of innovation in a number of specialties, particularly pain management.  Dr. Hunter accepted a position an official consultant and speaker for the company.  He has now joined the ranks of some of the most well-respected and world-renowned pain management specialists from around the world to be a part of their team.

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Did You Remember Stretching?

Did You Remember Stretching?

Stretching before your workout is just as important as the workout itself. It can prevent injury, reduce post-workout discomfort and reduce the likelihood of muscle spasms. Stretching can also be dangerous if not performed correctly. Flexibility training should be approached by addressing the specific needs of the individual. There are four main categories for stretching techniques: ballistic static passive neuromuscular facilitation. BALLISTIC This type of stretching employs the repetitive rapid application of force one would experience in a bouncing or jerking maneuver. The momentum of the movement carries the body part through the range of motion until the muscles are stretched to their limits. This method is less effective than the other methods listed here because of the fact the muscle will contract under stresses to protect itself, which can prevent a full stretch, or overstretching. PASSIVE This technique employs…

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Better Living Through Chemistry

Better Living Through Chemistry

Infusion therapy is becoming increasingly more popular for treating patients with neuropathy, chronic pain and depression. The reasons are simple…the ease with which it can be performed and the results are astonishing. Depending on the agent used, the infusion session can completed in as little time as 30 minutes. There are a variety of different medications your doctor can use to perform the infusion, including Lidocaine, Ketamine, IVIG, Magnesium and the list goes on. Once your doctor places the IV line in your arm or hand, the hard work is over. The only thing left to do is making yourself comfortable and let the medication work its magic. In many cases the effect is immediate. Infusion therapy is covered by most insurances and considered an appropriate treatment for a variety of types of pain. Certain types of infusion (IVIG for…

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Sitting Can Make Your Low Back Pain Worse

Sitting Can Make Your Low Back Pain Worse

Did you know that the way you sit could make your low back pain worse? Disc herniations can occur due to any number of reasons – picking up something too heavy, car accidents, sports injuries, etc. The two most common intervertebral discs in your low back to become herniated are the L4/5 and L5/S1. The way we position ourselves can exert undue pressure on these discs making a herniation more likely or make existing low back pain even worse. Remember when your mother would tell you to sit up straight? Well she was right…when you slouch in your chair it can almost double the amount of stress and pressure on the discs in your low back. This means a herniated disc will have even more force exerted on it causing it to bulge even further. What other positions are bad?…

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