How PRP Is Changing the Way We Treat Joint Pain

For decades, joint pain has been treated with various interventions such as oral medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Individuals suffering from severe or debilitating joint pain may also undergo joint replacement surgery. While these interventions do offer some relief, they have their limitations.

Fortunately, the field of regenerative medicine is changing the way we treat joint pain. This new alternative option utilizes the latest interventions to help our patients overcome joint-related discomfort. One of the most popular is known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.

What Is PRP Therapy?

PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy uses your blood to stimulate healing and provide pain relief. Your blood contains several different components, such as white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and plasma.

During the procedure, a medical professional will harvest a small amount of blood. They will then place the blood into a centrifuge, which will separate the platelets from the other components. This concentrated solution of platelets will be injected into the joint that is causing you pain.

When the platelets are isolated and increased in concentration, their growth factors are amplified holding tremendous potential for promoting healing across a range of conditions. The presence of a large number of platelets will also trigger your body to send your own stem cells and other regenerative materials to the area for additional healing potential.

Potential Benefits of PRP Therapy

PRP therapy can potentially improve or resolve the symptoms of your joint-related condition. Several studies have demonstrated that PRP can provide benefits such as:

  • Reduced dependence on medications
  • Faster healing
  • Decrease or elimination of pain
  • Slowed or stopped rate of cartilage destruction
  • Stimulates cell growth and repair at the injury site

In addition, PRP therapy has been found to be safe and low risk. This is because PRP therapy uses your own blood instead of synthetic substances.

While results may vary, most patients experience an improvement in symptoms over a period of three to four weeks. Peak results may be usually achieved approximately three months after the procedure. Depending on your condition and symptoms, you may be prescribed a single PRP treatment or additional sessions.

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and are looking for an alternative to invasive joint replacement surgery, you may be a good candidate for PRP therapy. To learn more, contact one of our Care Coordinators today.

This post was written by a medical professional at At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.

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