How does Platelet Rich Plasma for Joint Pain work?
In a medical setting, the patient's blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to be spun. The centrifuge separates the red blood cells from the highly concentrated platelets and plasma. The platelets contain natural healing proteins, which then gets injected into the patient's damaged joints, tendons or ligaments. Injecting these growth factors stimulates the body’s natural repair process expediting the recovery process.
PRP for Orthopedic Sports Medicine
PRP Therapy has become a very popular treatment plan in the sports medicine and orthopedic world. PRP is a non-surgical approach to treating athletes, therefore allowing the athlete to recover faster and continue with their training routines.
PRP Injections can be used for:
- Increase range of motion
- Speeding post operative recovery
- Increase flexibility
- Improve motor skills
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Rebuild strength
- Enhance balance and coordination
- Recovering mobility
PRP Therapy for Arthritis
Arthritis in the wrists and knees are very common among many individuals. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is an effective procedure to treat arthritis. The goal of PRP injections is to improve joint function, reduce/repair damage to the cartilage and minimize the patient’s pain.
Each patient is different and depending on their condition will determine how many PRP injections are needed. Even with multiple injections, PRP therapy is still less expensive and safer than many joint replacement surgeries.