Why So Many Adults are Turning to Drug-Free PRP Treatments for Arthritis

Pain medications may help relieve discomfort caused by arthritis, but they do little to restore joint mobility or slow the progression of the disease. Enter Platelet-rich plasma therapy, the game-changing, all-natural therapy that’s being embraced by arthritis suffers from professional athletes to aging baby boomers.

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelets are a natural component of your blood. They secrete growth factors and other proteins that regulate cell division, stimulate new tissue growth, and promote healing.

Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. It’s mainly water but also contains proteins, antibodies, glucose, and other nutrients important to your health.

Platelet-rich plasma is an injectable substance that contains a concentrated dose of platelets mixed with plasma, which is obtained from a sample of your own blood. This is the material used in PRP therapy.

What is it like to have PRP therapy?

The therapy starts with a simple blood draw. We use about the same amount of blood that’s typically taken for lab studies and usually draw the sample from your arm.

While you wait, the blood sample is spun at a high speed in a centrifuge machine that separates the platelets from the red and white cells in your blood. This gives us a high concentration of platelets, which we then remix with plasma and inject into the targeted area.

What are the advantages of PRP therapy?

Unlike oral medications and other injection therapies that simply mask the pain of arthritis or decrease painful joint inflammation for a time, PRP therapy can boost your body’s production of powerful healing substances, such as collagen, which are the framework for tissue regeneration.

This helps your own natural repair system rebuild the damaged cartilage and other degraded joint tissue common with arthritis, effectively eliminating the underlying cause of your symptoms by treating them at the source.

Experts continue to study the benefits of PRP therapy, but ongoing clinical trials and literature reviews continue to show that it may:

If your joint is too damaged to repair itself, PRP therapy is also effective when used in conjunction with other regenerative treatments, such as the BioBurst allograft procedure which uses a tissue graft from donated material to help surgically repair your joint.  

What are the risks of PRP therapy?

Another significant advantage of PRP is its low-risk profile. Because the material we’re injecting is autologous (it comes from your own body), there is no risk of rejection or the side effects that may accompany other injectables such as cortisone, which can weaken healthy cartilage and tendons over time.

If you’re experiencing arthritis symptoms and wonder if PRP therapy is right for you, we’d be happy to see you and discuss your options. Call for an appointment or click the button to schedule online.

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