In all the talk over whether stem cell and PRP therapies constitute genuine medicine or not, what seems to have been lost are the actual reasons people choose to undergo one of the two procedures. One of the most commonly cited reasons is relief from chronic pain. People just want relief without having to pop prescription pills for the rest of their lives.
Stop and think about that reality for a minute. If you were suffering from chronic pain as a result of osteoarthritis for example, how do you think that pain might affect your enjoyment of life? Would you be the kind of person who eventually becomes a couch potato because remaining active is just too painful?
When the discussion is framed this way, it is a lot easier to understand why people are willing to give stem cell therapy and its PRP (platelet-rich plasma) sibling a try. If one of the two therapies actually work, it is well worth the investment to be pain-free.
Couch Potato Statistics
While we have made some improvements over the last few years, far too many Americans are still not as active as they should be. Many continue to be couch potatoes even though they know the long-term ramifications of doing so are not good. Statistics from the 2018 Physical Activity Council Participation Report paints a very clear picture.
Among many other statistics, the report addresses activity levels among the various generations. In terms of being “active to a healthy level”, check out the percentage of people in each of four key demographics:
- Gen Z (born in 2000 or later) – 26.3%
- Millennials (1980-1999) – 35.4%
- Gen X (1965-1979) – 35%
- Baby Boomers (1945-1964) – 26.5%.
The statistics clearly show a 35% participation rate among the top two generations. When you combine all the numbers together, the number of people across all four demographics who regularly participate in a healthy level of activity is only 30.8%.
From the perspective of chronic pain management, one must wonder how many of today’s couch potatoes are less active as a direct result of chronic pain. It is logical to assume that at least some inactive baby boomers find themselves in such a predicament. They would prefer to be more active, but age and pain are taking their toll.
Stem Cell and PRP Solutions
It should be clear that our culture needs a seismic shift that gets people off the couch and into more active lifestyles. If stem cell and PRP therapies can be one mechanism for doing so, they ought to be embraced wholeheartedly. Even if the effectiveness of the two therapies was only due to the placebo effect – and that is not the case – they would still be beneficial in that they would help people become more active.
At the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) in Salt Lake City, Utah, doctors are trained in the proper way to use both stem cell and PRP therapies to relieve chronic pain. What these doctors are learning gives hope to patients who have been reduced to less active lifestyles because of osteoarthritis, sports injuries, etc.
The truth is we do not need more couch potatoes. Being inactive is not good for one’s health; we all know that. We also do not need any more pain med prescriptions. So what do we need? A better way.
Stem cell and PRP treatments can be a game-changer that gets the couch potato off the couch and back to a more active lifestyle that ultimately improves health. This is a good thing and very much worthy of promotion.