PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY: THE SOLUTION TO JOINT PAIN MANAGEMENT
Imagine arriving at home after a long day at work, ready for a restful night. You posture to sit on the couch and watch the latest Halifax headlines, when suddenly you feel a grating sensation in your knees and a sharp pain follows instantaneously.
This is a common occurrence among males aged 60 and older, but make no mistake; Osteoarthritis (OA) can affect people who are in as early as their late 20s, and that’s too early to be afflicted with a debilitating pain that could get worse over time.
Osteoarthritis is a silent culprit. It is a degenerative joint pain that happens when the rubbery covering at the end of your bones, the cartilage, breaks down. This in turn affects joint motion, in that it disrupts the smooth gliding of the bones that the cartilage normally connects. This causes joints to “scrape” together, resulting in discomfort.
OA is just one of the many forms of arthritis, but all of them have the characteristic joint pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Arthritis accounts for a number of disability cases around the world.
While it is true that arthritis may last for a lifetime because of its chronic nature, it does not mean that you have to let the pain rule your life until it becomes unbearable. There are several ways to stop the pain and improve daily function, but most of them are short-lived treatments.
Recently however, an innovative treatment has been gaining popularity because of its proven effectiveness in pain management and healing. You might have heard the buzz going on about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy from athletes who’ve gone through it. Do you know what PRP is and what it does?
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is a groundbreaking therapy that promotes curing of musculoskeletal conditions by natural healing. PRP is deemed safe because it is an all-natural treatment that uses a component in your own blood to help manage chronic pain in joint diseases, especially osteoarthritis.
PRP is prepared by separating the components of your blood sample into plasma, platelet, and red-blood cells by centrifuge, an apparatus that spins at a high speed to split blood layers by weight. The isolated platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the joint space affected. The preparation is enclosed in the joint space and from there coats the joints to effectively distribute the growth factors found in the platelet concentration.
PRP MECHANISM OF ACTION
Platelets exist as a natural defense against tissue injury. This component aggregates to start the curative process of an injury. It has rich healing factors and connective tissue growth factors that are usually the first respondents to stimulate tissue repair.
The injected platelets in the affected site are activated by the clotting enzyme thrombin, and intra-articular collagen. Once activated, a secretion of growth factors and other mediators such as interleukin and fibrinogen occur. These not only facilitate the natural healing process, but also have anti-catabolic and anti-inflammatory functions. The interleukin, for example, works by inhibiting cytokine from causing apoptosis (cell death) and inflammation processes. This is an important action in treating osteoarthritis, because cytokines can potentially aggravate cartilage breakdown and therefore must be stopped.
People can expect improved mobility and reduced pain in as early as three sessions with 2-3 week intervals between each session.
IS PRP EFFECTIVE FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Several studies have shown that yes, PRP significantly reduced the pain level of patients with osteoarthritis, which improved their range of motion and daily function.
A clinical trial in 2013 involving the use of PRP in treating osteoarthritis showed good outcomes, as the pain scores were shown to decreased significantly, although there were no changes in the MRI scans in at least 73% of the patients after a year.
A newer study published in 2016 accepts PRP as an effective management for OA, and investigates the innovative approach to injecting PRP through intra-articular and intra-osseous spaces. The study reviews how PRP can be introduced into an affected area to maximize its results and prolong its pain reduction capability.
Several other trials, reviews, and studies on PRP efficacy in treating osteoarthritis have been published since its breakthrough in 2010, and all of them show that PRP is indeed a safe and effective option in treating osteoarthritis and other forms of musculoskeletal conditions.
BENEFITS OF PRP THERAPY
For starters, PRP therapy can alleviate, if not totally eradicate, the pain that comes with osteoarthritis and other joint diseases. The leading edge of this treatment is that it has a prolonged efficacy, and perhaps most importantly that it’s safe, since your body will not reject or antagonize the treatment, as it originates from your own blood.
Patients who have undergone the PRP treatment showed lower levels of characteristic debilitating pain due to arthritis. Their range of movement also improved because discomfort is at a minimum, making patients functionally mobile again.
In mild cases, PRP can prevent further degeneration of the connective tissue. It works as protection for the joints. Depending on the nature and extent of the injury, PRP may also be used in conjunction with stem cells to improve function, so the need for surgery may be ruled out.
If you are currently suffering from osteoarthritis or know someone who is suffering from an excruciating joint pain, I can recommend PRP therapy for you. It is safe, natural, and an all-around better option for patients in most cases. I offer PRP therapy sessions that will reduce your pain level and greatly improve your mobility. Why go through pain injections that wear off rapidly? You do not have to carry that pain anymore, because I can help ease it for you. If you’re in Halifax, and seeking PRP treatments done accurately, safely, and quickly, talk to me. I look forward to working with you.
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