As a specialist in ultrasound guided regenerative medicine, many of my clients have questions about platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP). Specifically, they want to know if PRP will help with their arthritic joint pain. They also want to know if PRP will help them move more easily. Put simply, the answer is yes. PRP is effective in reducing joint pain and improving joint movement for those with osteoarthritis.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a procedure that requires taking a blood sample from a client’s arm. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge, a process that separates blood platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then concentrated and injected back into the client’s body at the site of injury or irritation.
Why Does PRP Work for Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the entire joint. In the early stages of osteoarthritis, inflammation inside the joint results in joint stiffness. As arthritis progresses, extensive damage occurs. At this point, clients complain of increased pain and difficulty moving.
When PRP is injected into an arthritic joint, the blood platelets break down and release a substance known as human growth factor. The growth factor “kick starts” the natural healing process and allows the client’s body to heal its self.
Patients who actively participant in physiotherapy while receiving PRP usually notice an improvement in their symptoms in approximately 6 weeks. The full effect of PRP typically occurs at approximately 3 months. treatment can be repeated at any time.. While one injection is usually enough, those with advanced arthritis often require a minimum of two injections. These injections are typically six weeks apart. Symptom relief can last up to 16 months and the
Are Their Other People Who can Benefit from PRP?
There are many people who can benefit for PRP. The treatment is proven to work extremely well for people with tennis elbow, golfers elbow, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries and hamstring tears.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Additional information regarding regenerative medicine; including PRP, can be found at www.regenesismedicalservices.com. To find out if PRP is right for you, call 780.800.9931 .