As our bodies age, our joints become more susceptible to injuries and conditions that arise through constant and often strenuous use. Knee pain is a common cause of discomfort for a wide range of our patients at the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine. As our knees support the vast majority of the body, knee pain can result in difficulty functioning throughout day-to-day life, with simple tasks such as sitting down or taking a walk becoming a painful experience. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has proven to be an effective treatment option for various joint ailments including the knee.
Commonly Treated Knee Conditions & Injuries Using PRP Therapy
The most common knee condition among patients is osteoarthritis – a condition that professionals estimate will affect almost half of all Americans at some point throughout their lives. Fortunately, PRP therapy has been shown to reduce pain and heal the effects of multiple conditions. A 2013 study involving 78 patients with osteoarthritis in both knees found that PRP injections reduced pain, stiffness, and improved knee functionality.
Arthritis is not the only threat our knees face; chronic tendonitis, as well as cartilage and ligament damage, is also a frequent cause for concern. In the majority of cases, knee conditions such as these are easily treated at the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine with PRP therapy. Through taking advantage of our body’s natural healing abilities, we ensure a low risk procedure that is able to have a substantial positive impact on your standard of living.
Common knee conditions and injuries we treat using PRP therapy:
Sprains or tears
Benefits of PRP Therapy for Knee Pain
For most people suffering from a knee pain, surgery may appear like the only option. However, knee replacements can be extremely traumatic, with various risks including toxic wear particles entering the bloodstream. And while surgery may provide initial relief, sometimes knee surgeries can actually accelerate the cascade of degeneration that ultimately leads to osteoarthritis.
PRP therapy is a far less intrusive procedure, omitting the risks involved with surgery and providing long-term relief without requiring extensive and painful rehabilitation. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine we are able to provide regenerative medicine candidates an alternative form of treatment that gets you back to living an active lifestyle in a timely manner.
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.