Many doctors now use PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, treatments for many different types of injuries and conditions, including chronic knee pain. PRP treatments are a non-invasive, non-surgical, and very versatile therapy option where no pharmaceuticals are needed. It uses the body’s natural healing mechanisms to help bring relief to the injured tissue in the knee.
The plasma is derived from the patients’ blood and then injected directly into the area of pain in the knee. Upon injection, the platelet-rich plasma signals the body’s natural healing mechanisms and begins to repair the damaged tissues in the specific area of the knee, thus resulting in decreased pain.
By directly injecting the plasma right into the area of pain, it allows for the alleviation to begin at the source. Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments are a great alternative to the need of prolonged pain medication.
How Does PRP Work?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy is an effective treatment option that works beyond medication or surgery and promotes the ability to heal the cause of your pain at the source.
When PRP is injected directly into the problem area of the knee, it distributes regenerative properties that help boost the healing process. Platelets hold a very important position in the body’s natural capability to regenerate and reconstruct. These microscopic plate-like components of the blood are what helps the body heal itself. When they are concentrated into a rich, healing solution, they provide immense relief right at the source of your pain.
A typical PRP injection takes about 30 minutes. A small sample of the patient’s blood is extracted, prepared, and administered the same day in the clinic. Most patients experience the benefits quickly and see vast improvements over time. You will be able to go about your normal daily routine immediately after treatment.
Common Causes And Symptoms Of Knee Pain
Chronic knee pain is a continuing pain that takes effect in one or both knees. There is often swelling and high sensitivity associated with this type of pain. Most symptoms vary depending on the severity and cause of the pain.
While it is commonly caused by overuse and repetitive or prolonged motions, there are many chronic knee pain causes that scale from minor to more severe. Most people that suffer from chronic knee pain are unable to walk, sit, stand or sleep properly. There is often redness, swelling in the knee, and even a clear deformity.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
- Repeated stress on the knee
- Runner’s knee
- Torn meniscus
- Past injury
- Strained or sprained ligaments
- Degenerative disorders, such as osteoarthritis
When a patient chooses PRP therapy as an effective solution for chronic knee pain, the platelet-rich plasma injection signals the body’s naturally-occuring mechanisms to boost the healing process and protect the body against future harm.
For more information on how platelet-rich plasma injections can help treat chronic knee pain, call us today at (281) 302-5121.