How PRP therapy Can Help Treat Osteoarthritis

How PRP therapy Can Help Treat Osteoarthritis

by Crystal (SU)

Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common chronic condition of the joints.  Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the joints breaks down, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion, and clicking or cracking when the joint bends.  These symptoms can get worse over time.  Traditional methods of managing osteoarthritis include anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and surgery. However, a revolutionary procedure called PRP therapy can provide much needed relief from osteoarthritis. If you have tried other treatments for your osteoarthritis and are still feeling pain, perhaps you should consider PRP therapy and how it can help treat your osteoarthritis.

What is PRP Therapy?

Your blood is made up of plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets; platelet-rich plasma is a component of your blood. Platelets are responsible for clotting when you get a cut or injury, however, they can do so much more. That’s because their proteins help in the healing process.

With platelet-rich plasma – PRP – therapy, your doctor will draw your blood, then use a centrifuge to isolate and increase the platelet-rich plasma from the blood. Your doctor will then inject this miracle healing formula extracted from your own body back into the area where the healing is needed. In the case of osteoarthritis, it could be any joint that is suffering from pain. For example, for a patient with hip pain, the plasma injection will be given in or around the hip, and is guided by ultrasound.

What can I expect during the PRP procedure?  

PRP therapy accelerates your body’s own natural healing processes by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly to the pain site. PRP injections are done right in your doctor’s office and take about 30-45 minutes, depending on what conditions you’re treating.  As mentioned, at the beginning of your procedure, your blood is drawn from your arm and placed into a centrifuge.  The centrifuge then separates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors. Your doctor will then take this platelet-rich plasma and inject it into the affected area using ultrasound to guide it.  Not only does PRP therapy help with pain relief and faster healing; in some cases, it can eliminate the need for surgery or prolonged recovery.

Am I a good candidate for PRP therapy?  

If you feel traditional treatments such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and physical therapy have not been effective in treating your osteoarthritis, you should discuss PRP therapy with your doctor.  PRP therapy can be the answer to better healing, less swelling, and faster recovery for your osteoarthritis. 

If you have osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, or shoulder, PRP therapy could help you greatly.  PRP therapy can not only delay joint replacement; it may even help a patient avoid surgery altogether. If you’ve been told that you need surgery, you should discuss PRP therapy with a doctor who specializes in regenerative medicine.   

PRP therapy is especially useful to ease pain and inflammation due to hip and knee osteoarthritis; however, it is also used to treat muscle strains, rotator cuff tears/tendonitis, hip and shoulder labral tears, ligament injuries, bursitis and tendonitis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and joint sprains.

Dr. Vick Alman of the Morgan Kalman Clinic in Wilmington, DE is an expert in treating osteoarthritis and other orthopedic ailments using regenerative medicine such as PRP therapy.  His patients receive personalized care that has earned him a reputation as a leader in orthopedics and sports medicine.  He is especially excited about offering his patients regenerative therapies to help with their pain.  To request an appointment with Dr. Kalman, call (302) 529-5500.