PRP: A Game-Changer for Joint Pain
If you are living with joint pain, your overall well-being and quality of life will likely drop due to these joint pains. There are many causes for your joint pain—be it the outcomes of osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear due to the natural ageing process, or a past sports or workplace injury—rest assured, Dr. Ajay Kumar Tiwari and his team are here to provide the required service you need.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary therapy for joint pain, it is an advanced treatment option suggesting many joint specialists because it can boost your body’s natural healing process to enhance tissue regeneration. Being able to promote cellular-level tissue repair, one can regain their youthfulness and is a potential treatment option for people looking for optimum joint health.
So, precisely what is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is said to be an innovative regenerative medicine. By using your own blood, this treatment stimulates the regeneration of damaged joint tissue. In this therapy, a small amount of blood is taken from your body and with the help of a device called a centrifuge the platelets are separated.
When you are injured, blood clotting and preventing excessive bleeding are primarily taken care of by these platelets. However, their contribution extends beyond that. These platelets are stuffed with potential growth factors that are released at the location of damaged tissues to help reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process. These growth factors possess remarkable healing properties.
When these growth factors are released, they mobilise some more resources in your body, such as stem cells, in order to establish the ideal environment for healing. Even though these platelets released naturally, perform a great job in promoting healing and rebuilding damaged tissue, the response might not be good enough to get you back to moving around quickly.
So, the platelets, that are extracted from your blood are injected into the injured joint directly to boost the healing process. This treatment can eliminate the need for surgical interventions.
In addition to addressing joint pain, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can deal with many other conditions. While it is commonly used to treat chronic conditions, it can also boost the healing process (tissue healing) following surgery or for acute injuries. PRP has shown its potential in treating various conditions such as osteoarthritis, ligament sprains and strains, tendonitis, ACL and rotator cuff tears, as well as neck and back pain.
The growth hormones in the platelets heal these chronic injuries by triggering the healing response of your body. These growth hormones possess unique features as they can actively promote the healing of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and in certain cases, even bones. This is why PRP is referred to as regenerative medicine since the platelets promote the growth of new tissue.
How can PRP therapy help with joint pain?
Your joints are made up of a complex network of different tissues, which include cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bones, which work together to give them structure and motion. Damage to any of these parts can result in persistent pain. Additionally, degenerative arthritis is a frequent cause of joint problems, which deteriorates the cartilage gradually and causes inflammation, thereby contributing to pain and inflammation.
PRP injections are an effective solution to joint pains as they can regenerate damaged tissues, which eventually reduces the pain and inflammatory response. Further ways by which PRP alleviate joint pain are:
- Efficiently slowing down arthritis progression
- Promoting cartilage regeneration
- Improving lubrication in joints
- Transforming pain perception through specific proteins
However, the effectiveness of PRP depends on many factors including the severity of the condition and the quality of your platelets. To reap the full benefits of PRP therapy, some people may need to take more than one PRP injection.
There are many other factors that need to be considered before opting for PRP therapy. Some patients may not even be eligible for this kind of therapy. If you consult an expert doctor, he will perform a thorough evaluation of your condition including general health and decides whether this treatment is best for you.
For more detailed information contact Dr. Ajay Kumar Tiwari, an experienced joint replacement surgeon in Hyderabad and he has hands-on experience in performing PRP therapy.