For years, patients who have been suffering from persistent hip pain have relied on over-the-counter or prescription medication, corticosteroids, and in more severe cases, surgery to relieve their symptoms. Often times, patients find that drugs only mask the underlying issue, and surgery can be an expensive and painful option. Luckily, many patients are finding long-lasting relief from their hip pain by using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy is an innovative nonsurgical treatment option that uses the power of your own platelets to promote healing in an area of pain in the body.
Commonly Treated Hip Conditions & Injuries Using PRP Therapy
The most common age bracket for those suffering from hip pain and injuries is that of children, and those over the age of 45. An estimated 1 in 4 people develop hip arthritis by the age of 85. For the younger generation, hip injuries can become a regular issue when taking part in intense sporting activities. For those putting continuous strain on their hips, tendonitis and bursitis are common conditions associated with the hip, with rigorous activity inflaming the cushion between the muscle and hip bone.
At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we have found that PRP therapy can remedy a number of ailments that affect the hip by utilizing the human body’s natural ability to heal.
Some of the most common hip injuries and conditions we treat using PRP therapy are:
Benefits of PRP Therapy for Hip Pain
A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that patients observed within a PRP therapy group displayed lower pain severity than those receiving alternative forms of treatment. Researchers also found that patients who had received PRP therapy recovered significantly sooner from their treatment than those who had undergone surgery.
Choosing PRP therapy as a treatment option for hip pain can often times eliminate the need for steroids or surgery all together, saving you money, time, and unwanted scars. PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure with minimal to no risk involved. The procedure consists of using your own body for healing without any other foreign substances.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Our blood consists of liquid called plasma, along with small components of red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which are very important in the healing process when an injury occurs. Over time, we may begin to lose some of these powerful platelets that are in our body, making it harder for healing to occur. During PRP therapy, a concentrated source of the patient’s own platelets and growth factors are placed in the site of pain in order to promote regeneration in the body.
The PRP Therapy Treatment Process
A consultation with our center is required before being considered for PRP therapy in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your successful outcome is our #1 priority, and since PRP therapy is not for everyone, our highly trained medical team will only provide you with the most effective treatment options for your particular situation.
If our medical team finds that PRP therapy will be an effective treatment option for your specific injury or condition, you will work with our office to discuss any medication and/or supplements you are currently taking. In order to yield long-lasting benefits, we recommend that you refrain from any anti-inflammatory medication 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the procedure. You will not be required to fast from food or beverages before the procedure.
On the day of treatment, your procedure will be performed in one of our beautiful new treatment rooms at our center. PRP Therapy is considered minimally invasive and is done on an outpatient basis.
Treatment begins by obtaining a small amount of your blood. The blood is then placed in a high-spinning centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the components of the blood so that a rich, concentrated source of platelets is obtained. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area of the body that is in need of regeneration. Many patients find the procedure to be completely painless. The entire treatment process takes around 45 to 60 minutes.