If you’re suffering from joint pain, whether it be from an acute injury, a chronic disease, or the wear and tear of aging, there are non-invasive options that may be able to help. PRP treatments for joint pain relief are one of the leading options available for most patients.
How Does PRP Help With Joint Pain?
PRP, short for platelet-rich plasma injections, is a unique therapy that harnesses the body’s natural healing response and puts it to work exactly where you need it most.
First, a medical professional extracts a small sample of the patient’s blood and processes it in a centrifuge machine. This separates the red and white blood cells, creating a concentrated serum of the healing platelets. Also found in the serum are large quantities of cytokines, growth factors, and other elements that stimulate the natural healing process.
This serum is then injected into the affected joint(s), where it works with the system to encourage healing and recovery from inflammation and the related tissue damage that can accompany it. Renewed, healthy tissue instead of painful, damaged tissue can mean actual relief rather than masked pain, as can be found with painkillers and the like.
Since so many types of joint pain are caused by inflammation and damage to the cells and tissue in that area, PRP treatments are an option for a lot of patients suffering from pain in their joints, including:
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Am I a Candidate for Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma has been proven effective for many conditions, including:
- Cartilage damage
- Knee pain
- Torn ligaments
- Forms of arthritis
- Foot and ankle pain
- Repetitive stress injuries
- And more
Osteoarthritis affects a large percentage of the population and not just the elderly. It causes the cartilage and bones inside the joints to break down, creating the horrible feeling of bone-on-bone pain.
Joint pain that is caused by diseases such as tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout is often due to inflammation inside and around the joint, resulting in nerve pain and tissue damage.
There are other diseases that cause joint pain, like neuropathy and fibromyalgia, where intense joint pain might be felt throughout the body, with no apparent cause.
If you’ve had a strain, sprain, tear, or dislocation, the tendons and ligaments within or surrounding the joints could be injured, causing painful problems for the joint. Cartilage can get worn over time, and as this protective layer between the bones in the joints diminishes, the pain worsens.
If your joint pain is caused by tissue damage (either diseased or injured), then PRP therapy may be right for you. At Allcare Medical, our medical team can answer any questions during your consultation. Simply call or fill out a form to schedule yours today.