Platelet-rich plasma therapy utilises our blood's natural healing abilities to repair damaged tendons, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage. People are beginning to use PRP injections to treat many orthopaedic problems, with good outcomes. An example, PRP treatment for knee osteoarthritis with great results.
Why PRP for Arthritis?
The aim of PRP therapy is to:
Help alleviate pain
Improve mobility to joints
Slow, or even reverse/repair damaged cartilage
Improve the quality of a patient’s life
PRP is derived from a small sample of the patient's blood. It’s completely natural and the body cannot reject or react to it since it’s your own cells. PRP injections contain high concentrations of platelets, much higher than is found in the patients’ blood. This increased concentration can then be used for therapeutic injections on joints suffering with pain or degenerative changes.
Platelets are a normal part of our blood and secrete components called growth factors and other healing proteins that will regulate repair of cells, stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissue, and increase and promote healing.
PRP injections are used for:
Combating inflammation and to reduce the progression of osteoarthritis
Stimulate the growth and repair of new cartilage
Promote the production of the joints natural lubrication, which will ease pain associated with friction and repetitive use
Reduce a patient's pain receptors and reduce pain
New research is constantly being done, however, clinically, the results of PRP therapy speak for themselves. Find out more