There are many people suffering from knee pain due to tendonitis or arthritis and other conditions. Sometimes, the pain is beyond the control provided by non-invasive methods such as moist heat, exercise, medication and physical therapy. When the pain is affecting your quality of life, you might opt for surgical options such as knee replacement. There is an option that can help in reliving the pain and in repairing your knee back to its normal function and mobility. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a new way to treat knee pain and has been found effective.
Knee pain is a common experience and affects people of all ages. The pain might be as a result of injury such as torn cartilage or ligament ruptures, disease such as gout, infections or arthritis, or knee overuse. There are different types of knee pains that will respond to treatment differently. This will mostly depend on the extent of the injury or effect of illness. While there are knee problems that will be solved by over the counter medications, some will need invasive treatment approaches such as surgery to solve.
If you are experiencing knee pain due to any of the mentioned factors and the pain is making your daily life unbearable, it is important that you see a professional. You might want to check out the available options when it comes to the treatment of knee pain. Some of the recommended treatments include, medication, physical therapy, and surgery, and now there is PRP - Platelets Rich Plasma.
Platelet Rich Plasma, commonly referred to as PRP therapy, is a new emerging technology used mostly in sport medicine. Though it is new in treating different pains, the method was in use in the 1990s in oral and dental surgery and in aiding the recovery of soft tissues after plastic surgeries. PRP is blood plasma enriched with platelets and contains growth factors and cytokines that are aimed at stimulation of soft tissue and bone healing. The use of PRP has spread to other medical fields and now patients suffering from knee pain can benefit from this treatment method.
The PRP therapy takes about 20 minutes and starts with the administering doctor collecting the patients’ blood - about 30 milliliters. The blood will then be placed in a centrifuge which aids in the separation of the plasma rich in platelets from the other blood components. The platelet concentrate will then be injected into the knee using ultrasound for purposes of accuracy.
Platelets are natural reservoirs for factors that aid in the repair of injured tissues in the body. The concentrate will have factors that encourage the production of more collagen, enhancement of stem cell proliferation, and protein expression which will stimulate the recovery of tissues in the knee area. The growth factors in the platelets will also enhance the flow of blood in the knee and this will lead to firmer and more resilient cartilage. The aim of PRP injection in the knee is to activate tenocytes for quicker proliferation, more collagen production for the repair of ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage.
Immediately after the injection, you might experience an increase in pain – this is due to the injection and not the underlying condition. This pain intensity will however start decreasing over time as strength and endurance increase with the functional ability and functional mobility. After about 2-6 weeks, you will experience notable change. Some patients will report change after a few months but some will experience comfort and reduced pain in just a few weeks depending on how fast their body can use the platelets to repair the damaged tissues in the knee area. There are studies involving MRI and ultrasound images that have indicated a notable repair of tissues after the PRP injection. This is the support that proves that the therapy can assist in the healing process. The treatment of your knee before the damage goes beyond repair will greatly reduce the chances of surgical procedures which might be costly.
In recent studies, Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP was shown to effectively alleviate or reduce pain caused by knee arthritis. In the study, there were two doses given to patients then compared to the effectiveness of saline injections. One group got an injection of saline water; a second group got a single PRP injection while the third got two PRP injections.
Statistics indicate that the PRP groups reported improved functional mobility and reduced pain. The group injected with saline water reported pain and immobility. This was data collected over a period of 6 months. The single and the double PRP injection groups reported similar changes. This study was an indication of how effective the Platelet Rich Plasma can be when managing knee pain.
There are many different chronic conditions that will respond to PRP therapy but some will not. This simply means that though this therapy will help in reducing the chances for surgery, it will not entirely replace this procedure in treating some cases. When the chronic condition is incompletely healed, it will be characterized by scar tissues in excess. This will leave the knee susceptible to injury or lead to joint malfunction.
This inferior healing process is attributed to poor blood supply in the knee. PRP injection will initiate a different response that will consider the injury a new occurrence and this will encourage a renewed process of healing. The new healing process is boosted by the healing factors present in the platelets. When PRP is used in conjunction with proper reconditioning, the healing process is boosted and the chances for the worsening of the injury are reduced.
Get Knee Treatment At Integrated Pain Management Clinic If your daily activities have been affected by knee pain due to different causes, you might want to consider PRP as a treatment method. At Integrated Pain Management, we are experienced in treating different pain conditions including knee pain. Out medical experts are highly trained and licensed to perform medical procedures including PRP.