Is hip pain stopping you from doing what you love? Everything we do, almost every movement we make from the time we can crawl, relies on the use of our hips. Whether it is sitting, standing, walking, or running, we are constantly utilizing our hips for everyday movement without giving it a second thought until we experience pain radiating from them.
Once this occurs, you are made painfully aware of just how much you rely on your hips to perform even the most mundane activities throughout your day. Although our hips are built strong enough to endure the daily pressure we put on them, time and age can take its toll on the joints and muscles, cartilage, and ligaments that protect them.
The hip has a ball joint that fits into a socket; this allows fluid to move, keeping the joint lubricated so it can withstand the repetitive motion. In addition, the cartilage that surrounds the bones helps to provide cushioning, preventing friction. Over time, the cartilage may begin to break down, resulting in pain and possible injury.
Although age and degeneration are common reasons for hip pain and injury, many other factors may be causing you discomfort and limited mobility.
Common Reasons for Hip Pain:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscle Strains
- Hip Labral tear
Regardless of the source, if you have been suffering from severe hip pain and discomfort, it is likely that you have been advised to consider hip replacement surgery as your next step in seeking out relief and restored mobility.
Unfortunately, surgery is highly invasive and can make you vulnerable to complications and infection. Surgical procedures also require lengthy recovery times, leaving you unable to return to work or enjoy your favorite activities for longer than you would like.
In addition, these procedures are often accompanied by prescription medications which can pose their own risks such as dependence while simply masking the pain. And surgery is not guaranteed to fix the problem, as we see in far too many cases. Thankfully there is another option without the need for invasive procedures or symptom masking drugs.
What is PRP:
Platelet Rich Plasma or (PRP) gives patients a natural alternative to surgery by utilizing the body’s own innate ability to heal itself at the source of the pain. PRP uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate healing properties to restore and rejuvenate a damaged or injured area of the body.
It begins with a small blood sample typically collected by your doctor at the time of your appointment. Once the sample has been taken, it is spun through a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the sample, creating a serum rich in growth factors.
This serum is then re-injected into the injured area. This gives the body the natural boost it needs to reduce inflammation and relieve pain for fast and long-lasting relief.
Don’t let hip pain stop you from enjoying your life the way you want to. And surgery is not the only answer; PRP can give you real relief from your pain without the need for invasive procedures or prescription drugs.