PRP Injections for Osteoarthritis
- Posted on: Oct 10 2016
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by aging joints, injury, or obesity. Symptoms include joint pain, and stiffness and affected joints may include the hands and wrists, neck, back, knees, and hips. Treatment used to be limited mostly to medication, exercise, or surgery. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy, a new innovative procedure, can now treat osteoarthritis in promising new ways.
PRP therapy uses one’s own blood to accelerate the healing process in affected areas or joints. It attempts to take advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone. A growing number of people are turning to PRP injections to treat an expanding list of orthopedic conditions, including osteoarthritis.
PRP therapy consists of an injection of your own platelets and growth factors, extracted from your blood. The procedure involves extracting blood from the patient’s body then spinning in a special centrifuge to concentrate and increase the blood platelet count, which is then injected into the damaged tissue. This is all done on the same day.
PRP impersonates the body’s intrinsic response to injuries by accelerating platelet activation which plays a large role in soft tissue healing. In osteoarthritis, PRP can boost the body’s normal healing response which can result in the development of new collagen, a benefit that other injections or procedures cannot offer.
A study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery showed that PRP is the future for treating patients with osteoarthritis. The treatment not only improved pain and function, but appeared to delay the progression of osteoarthritis in patients by 73%. PRP is steadily gaining popularity and has been featured in the news amongst professional athletes, whom have been able to return to their activities earlier than normal and with minimal to no pain at all. Athletes such as NFL’s Ray Lewis, MLB’s Alex Rodriguez, NBA’s Steph Curry, PGA’s Tiger Woods and the list goes on.
Schedule an appointment in one of our premier locations on Long Island or Queens to receive further information about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy. Our physicians at Action Sports Medicine and Pain Management can perform an evaluation to find out if you are a candidate for PRP Therapy!
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