PRP: A Boon for Patients With Wear and Tear Joint Pain

With Americans staying active in their senior years, more men and women are encountering wear and tear conditions, such as osteoarthritis. Taking a toll on the joints, degenerative joint conditions can restrict mobility and cause chronic pain, both of which can interfere with moderate exercise, which is essential in slowing the progress of joint deterioration. Fortunately, help is here. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, provided by Clarence Brown, DC, at Apex Integrated Medical Center, can help heal joint damage.

Joint pain treatments

While joint replacement surgery is changing the game for many men and women in the advanced stages of wear and tear conditions, chronic joint pain can emerge long before surgery is advised. While physical therapy and soft tissue treatments, such as ultrasound, may give pain relief to some patients, many men and women end up turning to medications for pain management.

Unfortunately, many common drugs have side effects that can create issues of their own when used for long periods of time. Furthermore, your body can build a resistance to their pain-killing effects, thus leading to the need for larger doses, which can result in even more intense side effects. Prescription-strength medications can also carry the same issues. And while turning to opioids may provide pain relief, they can also lead to dependence.

Natural regeneration

It’s these drawbacks with medications that makes PRP therapy so exciting. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is biocompatible, and it doesn’t just help with pain. It helps your body heal itself. The PRP process uses one resource: your own blood. It uses no drugs or other substances. A sample of your blood is drawn, then its concentrated and reinjected into your problem joints.

How PRP works

The secret to the success of PRP therapy is the platelets in your blood. You may know platelets as the part of your blood that forms clots when you’re cut. That’s an important part of their function, but that’s not all they do. Platelets also deliver human growth hormones throughout your body. Researchers believe human growth hormones are integral in converting your body’s mesenchymal stem cells into the cells needed for healing.

However, since your blood flows at a specific rate, it can deliver only so many platelets to the site of an injury, such as the site of a joint damaged by wear and tear. Injecting PRP into the joint gives your body a boost of platelets and the accompanying growth factors right where they’re needed. With these additional growth factors, your body can heal at a faster rate. Platelet-rich plasma therapy may even reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication. Furthermore, since the PRP is taken from your own body, there’s no risk for side effects or allergic reactions.

If you have joint pain, you owe it to yourself to see if PRP therapy can help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Apex Integrated Medical Center today.

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