Pain medications, surgery, and injections are not your only options when it comes to joint pain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a versatile and effective regenerative medicine treatment that can also help.
PRP therapy can be used to treat a plethora of conditions and is used across many medical subfields. One particularly effective use of PRP therapy is to treat joint pain. PRP therapy can reduce pain and other symptoms while promoting natural healing after an injury or surgery. It can also effectively reduce symptoms associated with conditions such as arthritis and joint degeneration conditions. PRP therapy is also effective in shortening the recovery time after surgery or injury, which means you can get back on your feet faster.
How Is PRP Therapy Performed?
To perform PPR therapy, a doctor will first draw a small amount of your blood and use a centrifuge machine to separate platelets from the rest of your blood’s content. Once the platelets are isolated, they will be inserted via injection into the area of your body that needs them most. PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that does not involve stitches, scars, hospital stays, or recovery time. In fact, you can return to your normal activities soon after your treatment.
It is normal to feel some inflammation, soreness, or pain after PRP therapy. These symptoms generally subside within a few days following treatment.
No matter what is causing your joint pain, talk to your doctor about whether PRP therapy can help you find some relief. Let’s take a closer look at what PRP therapy can be used for.
PRP therapy relies on the healing properties and growth factors found in platelets. Platelet cells exist in our blood. When you are wounded, platelets help initiate clot formation to prevent excessive bleeding and form a temporary protective barrier for the wound. Platelets also assist in wound healing, making it easier for damaged tissue to heal.
Because of these qualities, giving injured or damaged parts of the body access to a concentration of platelets can accelerate healing. PRP therapy does just this. Through injections, platelets are delivered to areas of the body that need them the most. This triggers and accelerates healing, which helps patients find relief.
PRP therapy is often used alongside other treatments, such as pain medications, surgery, and physical therapy for more effective results.
Treatment and Relief from Joint Conditions
One of the most well-known applications of PRP therapy is for conditions like osteoarthritis. This condition occurs when the cartilage that protects the joint ends up breaking down. The lack of cushioning irritates surrounding tissue and bones, causing pain and inflammation that can be debilitating. This condition can also cause physical damage to the bones at the joint.
PRP injections can help by kickstarting the repair of damaged cartilage and reducing pain and inflammation.
Treatment For Trauma After Injury
Physical injuries caused by sports, vehicular, and other accidents can cause damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A lot of times, recovery can be slow or stagnated, and symptoms may last for years. PRP therapy can help accelerate healing and provide relief in such situations.
PRP Therapy in Washington and New Mexico
At Lynx Healthcare, we use state-of-the-art and effective treatments to find you relief from pain symptoms and treat your conditions. We use a variety of treatments, including PRP therapy, to help patients recover effectively and quickly.