Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is an exciting treatment that is currently being used to help heal the body where tissue or joint damage has occurred. For the nearly 30% of Americans that suffer from chronic joint pain, about 60% never seek medical help to reduce their discomfort.
With so many of us suffering silently, it’s good to know that there are medical advancements that are being used to help the body heal itself at the root cause of where pain is originating. It is our hope that the effectiveness of these therapies will encourage more people to seek medical treatment so they can start living with less pain.
PRP Therapy takes advantage of the body’s natural ability to heal itself and directs specialized cells into the knee joints where damage or injury has occurred. We’re seeing this same concept being used in today’s medical treatments as well; immunotherapy is currently being used to activate the body’s own immune system to help the body heal itself.
What is PRP Made From?
Plasma makes up most of the blood volume in the body, or about 55%1. It contains proteins, antibodies, electrolytes, enzymes, and water, which help your body function properly in a number of different ways. Blood plasma is clear with a yellow, straw-like color once it has been separated from the red blood cells, white blood cells, and other substances.
Medical professionals and scientists often refer to this yellowish fluid as “liquid gold” because it has been shown to offer healing properties in certain circumstances, such as with knee joint damage.
One of the medical uses for blood plasma involves injecting plasma and platelets into the knee joints to help the body to heal from damage caused by repetitive motion, injury, or arthritis. In some cases, knee replacement surgery can be postponed and the patient can experience less pain after PRP Therapy. If your injury was a direct result of another’s negligence, you may be thinking about seeking legal action against them. If so you could discuss your potential claim with The Champion Firm, P.C.
How PRP Therapy Can Help
Research published since 2010 has shown that PRP Therapy is effective in reducing pain and helping to heal surrounding tissues when injected into the joints such as the knees. This therapy can treat both osteoarthritis (cartilage damage) and chronic degeneration of the tendons.
Knee osteoarthritis affects more people than you might think; about 50% of Americans deal with this painful condition on a daily basis3. A 2013 medical study revealed that study participants with osteoarthritis in both knees who were injected with PRP experienced less stiffness and pain at 6 weeks and 3 months after treatment3. At their 6-month follow up, the participants who received PRP in their knees were in less pain than they had been prior to treatment3.
For the above study, a triple concentration of platelets was added to the plasma to help the recipients with pain reduction and to improve the amount of stiffness they were experiencing prior to treatment.
Visit One of Our PRP Injections Los Angeles Practices
Advanced Pain Medical Group provides the latest in PRP Therapy injections to help our patients live with less pain. Call us to schedule your Platelet Rich Plasma treatment to help reduce your knee joint pain today.