Herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) usually occur later in your adult life, caused by the general degeneration of your body system. However, it is now apparent that these days young people, as young as their early 20s can also suffer from HNP, due to the modern lifestyle — looking at the smartphone screen, sitting at the office all day. The fact is when you bend down your head to look at your phone, your neck will have to endure a force six times higher than normal. Our neck comprises seven pieces of bones which join together to be called the cervical spine. Between each bone is the intervertebral disks that are soft. The prolapse of these disks cause HNP. Many things can lead to the degeneration or the inflammation of the intervertebral disk — inappropriate posture, accidents, and such.
HNP can be agonising. The primary symptom is neck pain when turning the head. Following the pain is a numbness along your arm and the fatigue of the muscles. The pain can get worse to an unbearable level. The common treatment for early stage HNP is taking pain killers and undergoing Physical therapy like massage and posture adjustment. If the disorder is critical, patients would normally be advised to undergo a surgery which is not guaranteed to cure the disorder.
Advanced medical technology now offers alternatives to remedy HNP. Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is one of them. “PRP is a non-operative, permanent solution for conditions such as arthritis and ligament/tendon sprains and tears. Utilising the body’s natural healing process, PRP therapy is a concentration of platelets that are injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means, on average, an injured individual can get back to a pain-free life in four to six weeks,” described the Virginia Spine Institute
PRP was invented in the early 2000s to help rejoin two pieces of broken bones. In 2006, a research’s results were published revealing that PRP has helped cure 98% of the chronic inflammatory in tennis elbows. The treatment is in demand among professional athletes.
This treatment is available at Absolute Health where your case will be examined thoroughly. The integrative medicine at Absolute Health not only will help treat you effectively but also will dive deep into your lifestyle and identify the cause of the illness in the first place.