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At Action Spine & Joint, we are fully committed to giving our customers whatever they need to feel better ASAP and to optimize their health in the future. Dr. Casey Bearden keeps his staff on the edge of industry developments so that we have carved out a place as Nashville’s best chiropractic and complete care. We are just as focused on joint care as we are on chiropractic, making us the area leader for everything from sports injuries, wound care, and degenerative joint diseases. We can improve your quality of life and shorten the amount of time that it takes you to recover from an injury or to keep you healthier for longer without drastic measures like surgery.

If you are located in Bellevue, The Nations, or Forest Hills – in fact, all of Nashville’s suburbs and communities are included in our service area – then contact us for joint care and injury rehabilitation, as well as your general chiropractic services.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

How does this work?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP, takes the patient’s own blood and injects it back into the injured area. The brilliance of the process is that this simple act “reminds” the body how to repair itself. When the blood is infused, the patient will experience an increased ability to repair soft tissues, muscle, and even bone. 

Your favorite Nashville chiropractor, Action Spine & Joint, has a team who can expertly administer PRP treatments for you!
The process involves a few simple steps:

1. A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn
2. The platelets are separated from red blood cells using a centrifuge or filtration system
3. Platelet-rich blood is injected into the injured area 

This simple process is ingenious in its creation, a fact that hasn’t slipped by Action Spine & Joint! Now, our valued patients in Sylvan Park, Belle Meade, and the surrounding Nashville areas can benefit from this treatment. For starters, it is logical to use PRP to treat tears, breaks, and other injuries because it uses the body’s own cells to regenerate tissue and heal naturally, without the assistance of medication, surgery, or physical therapy. Also, it is safer than practically any other joint treatment, primarily because it uses the patient’s own blood and no foreign matter whatsoever.


A Revolutionary Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is considered revolutionary by many in the industry because it does something that no other treatment has been able to do in the past. It actually heals the body at the biological level. 

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is considered revolutionary by many in the industry because it does something that no other treatment has been able to do in the past. It actually heals the body at the biological level.
But before Dr. Bearden and the team let you jump on board with PRP therapy, there are a few things we want you to realize:

  • Its effectiveness is in the application. Ligaments and tendons are poorly vascularized, so any blood – let alone blood that has from 3 to 10 more platelets than normal – is going to have a powerful effect in these areas.
  • The injection is small – just one or two teaspoons worth – and often only needed once. Therefore, PRP therapy is extremely non-invasive. In some cases, an injection must be given directly into a joint, a process which scares some patients, but it’s only necessary when the injured area is inside the joint itself.
  • Risks such as rejection are extremely minimal, since the plasma is autologous – a medical term that means the donor material came from the recipient’s own body. The practice of using the patient’s own tissue has been used frequently in the past, especially for bone marrow transplants, and has been very successful. 

Researchers anticipate something that we here at Action Spine & Joint already know: that PRP therapy will soon take the place of tendon and ligament surgeries, since all research indicates that PRP can also regenerate these fastening fibers. Patients are excited about the low risk involved, as well as the fact that they won’t have a scar from an unnecessary surgery. Our Forest Hills, Bellevue, and Green Hills patients can receive futuristic treatment today! 


Used By Atheletes

Sports figures such as football players Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, major league pitcher Takashi Saito, many pro soccer players, and countless amateur athletes have already been using platelet-rich plasma therapy as a way to heal faster and more naturally. We predict that it will soon be a common way to treat, even cure, tennis elbow and tendinitis. 

One of the major benefits of PRP therapy for patients in Nashville and beyond is that it can shorten recovery times from months after surgery to just weeks with PRP therapy. Additionally, patients who cannot afford surgery or who are unwilling to undergo the recovery period may also have a financially and physically easier route to joint, bone, and tissue healing. 

For these reasons, research in PRP is booming. Stanford University Medical Center is in the forefront of the research field, with many other notable facilities following closely. It has potential benefits for sports medicine and general orthopedics as well. At the very least, it will become a common first option for those who would typically be referred directly to surgery. For now, Action Spine & Joint is one of the only clinics in the Nashville area doing these types of treatments. Therefore, if you live anywhere in the area – Oak Hill, The Nations, you name it – we’re your go-to provider for the least invasive, most advanced joint treatments available!



About Prolotherapy

Triggering the Healing Process

Another option you have for non-surgical healing of joints, ligaments, and tendons is prolotherapy. In this therapy, we can recreate the body’s ability to heal itself, from repairing new or old injuries to relieving the pain of worn-out joints. The major difference between this therapy and PRP therapy is that a man-made substance is used to spark the healing process rather than the patient’s own platelet-infused blood.

Rather than blood and platelets, the prolotherapy injection is made up of dextrose (sugar water), saline, sarapin, procaine, lidocaine, or a combination of these. Your dose’s makeup will be specifically chosen by Dr. Bearden based on your biology and individual needs. Each of these substances is harmless in itself, but when injected into an area where there is damage or injury, they will instigate the body’s natural reaction to attack inflammation and heal the inflamed area. As a result, a wounded area will get a second chance to heal naturally, with no need for surgery. If you are interested in a joint care solution that takes the possibility of surgery off the table, contact us today!

Our prolotherapy treatment Nashville patients have been depending on for years is safe and effective. Its primary focus is aiding the body in producing more collagen, which is what gives ligaments and tendons their stretchy quality. When these connective tissues lose their elasticity, that’s when pain and discomfort begin. This also stabilizes the joint that is held together by the connective tissue, making your body stronger and at less of a risk for re-injuring the same joint.


What can Prolotherapy be used for?

Prolotherapy treats joints, ligaments and tendons for patients in Sylvan Park, Belle Meade, and beyond with joint injections. It is closely related to sclerotherapy, which treats vascular issues such as varicose veins, spider veins, and hemorrhoids. Both treatments work on the same principle of providing lost elasticity to the body naturally. Years ago, in their founding stages, they were actually categorized as the same treatment, but as research has progressed, the treatments have split into two, giving medical professionals like Dr. Bearden at Action Spine & Joint the ability to treat their specialized areas with the best possible medical techniques.

If you choose prolotherapy as treatment for your joint pain, you will undergo these steps:

1. The solution of the doctor’s choosing will be injected directly to the injured area. The injection itself takes minutes, and you won’t feel the effects right away, so it is perfectly safe to drive yourself to your appointment and home again.

2. You will experience inflammation developing at the injection site. This is not only normal, but it is encouraged. The inflammation is what draws healing cells to the area for microscopic biological repairs to begin.

3. Your body is tricked into starting (or restarting) to repair the affected area. If the injury is new, you will be giving your immune system a huge boost by taking a prolotherapy treatment as soon as possible after the injury. If it is a chronic problem, your body may have given up on trying to heal it and need to be reminded that it can and should heal the affected area.

4. Injections are repeated as needed to build up and tighten tissue. Some Action Spine & Joint patients report a noticeable difference in their joints after one treatment, but we typically like to do several in succession in order for the ligaments or tendons to strengthen gradually.


Important Things To Remember


As with any treatment, it is important to understand it and follow your doctor’s orders to the letter. For example, after a prolotherapy session, Dr. Bearden may recommend that you take a mild pain reliever like Tylenol to help you deal with the discomfort that sometimes comes with the expected inflammation, but pay special attention to his directions. Taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin could counteract the treatment!

Remember that the inflammation is part of the healing process, so, as much as you’d like to get rid of that feeling, it is the exact thing that is making you better. For more information about why this works, contact Action Spine & Joint at your earliest convenience!


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Which one is right for you?

Considering Your Options

Before you receive either platelet-rich plasma or prolotherapy, Dr. Bearden and staff will thoroughly evaluate your case and current condition in order to make the best possible decision for you now and to promote the best possible outcome. You will also be a part of the decision-making process, so it’s important that you understand both fully.

There are a few main differences between PRP therapy and prolotherapy.


The Differences in Healing Process

In prolotherapy, there is a period of discomfort as the inflammation does its job. The inflammation is part of the healing process. As you well know, inflammation can be anywhere from uncomfortable to downright painful. However, you have to be patient and work through the discomfort as best you can in order to receive the maximum healing benefits. For many of our patients, avoiding surgery is well worth the comparatively smaller amount of pain they have to endure with prolotherapy treatments!


The Differences in Cost

PRP is a more complex therapy and is, therefore, more expensive. Prolotherapy only involves simple synthetic materials, so the cost is lower and availability is higher. At present, we are seeing PRP used more for athletes and high-performance patients, while prolotherapy remains the more common treatment for regular people who just want the ability to move through their daily activities without pain.


Difference in Results

Typically the results of PRP are more dramatic than those of prolotherapy. As you may have guessed from the previous statement, PRP is a more advanced procedure and is, therefore, considered more effective. We have patients all over the Nashville area who are completely satisfied with the results they receive from prolotherapy, but those who want the biggest bang for their buck often go straight for PRP treatments as a first option.

Typically, both are out-of-pocket expenses since most insurances have yet to get on board with these progressive, non-invasive treatments, but we believe that with their affordability and optimal healing abilities, most insurance companies will see the light sooner rather than later.


PRP and Prolotherapy Treatment in Nashville and our surrounding communities is important for those who wish to heal their injuries!


At Action Spine & Joint in Nashville TN, we’re confident that we can find the right fit for your needs. Whether it’s traditional chiropractic or one of these specialized services, we can help you get the relief you’ve been looking for and hopefully escape the looming possibility of an invasive surgery with a long recovery time. 

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