Do you think about the days when you could explore, move freely, and enjoy things without being limited by pain or thinking about your pain? Those days are not just in the past. There is now a solution to your knee and joint problems.
Joint pain or osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and the most common cause of disability in the United States. According to recent studies, an estimated 27+ million people have this disease.
What is Osteoarthritis?
The simple definition of osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease of the joints. A joint is where two bones come together. The ends of these bones are covered with a protective tissue called cartilage. OA causes a breakdown in the cartilage, causing the bones to rub together.
The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness that typically progresses slowly over months or years. Other symptoms may include joint swelling, decreased range of motion, and if the back is affected, many experience weakness or numbness in the arms and legs.
OA is a disease that progressively gets worse over time, most often resulting in chronic pain. This pain can become so severe that it can make daily tasks difficult. Depression and difficulty sleeping are also direct results of the pain associated with osteoarthritis.
How to Treat Osteoarthritis
At this time, osteoarthritis can’t be reversed. Osteoarthritis treatment typically includes a combination of medication for pain and therapy. Physical therapy involves exercises to strengthen your joint’s muscles, increase your flexibility, and help reduce the pain. Occupational therapy shows you different ways to do everyday tasks without putting extra stress on your painful joint(s).
If the pain is moderate to severe, steroid or cortisone injections are often recommended. Hyaluronic acid injections are another injection that lubricates the joint, helping reduce pain and inflammation.
Lastly, surgery may be an option for severe joint damage, extreme pain, or very restricted mobility. Surgery for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee includes arthroscopic surgery, osteotomy, and arthroplasty (total joint replacement).
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Your Osteoarthritis
Until recently, the options mentioned above were the only treatments for osteoarthritis. But with the continuous research of experts, the Platelet-Rich Plasma, or commonly referred to as PRP, was discovered.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is an innovative treatment that uses the body’s own healing properties to stimulate the repair of tissues. It was initially used by physicians to treat excessive bleeding in patients and help speed up surgical healing.
After discovering this treatment, it expanded to other medical specialties, including orthopedics, neurosurgery, podiatry, oral surgery, general and cosmetic surgery, and pain management. Platelet-rich Plasma therapy is known for its ability to support wound healing in trauma and joint injury, and to repair, rejuvenate and relieve extreme chronic pain.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Work?
Plasma is a large part of your blood, making up over half of its content. The primary role of plasma is to take nutrients, hormones, antibodies, and proteins to the areas of the body that need it and to carry all parts of the blood through the circulatory system. Plasma also contains proteins that help blood clot and proteins that support cell growth.
Medical professionals isolate plasma from blood and then concentrate it into various products. These products are a critical part of the treatment for many serious health problems. These treatments help people suffering from burns, shock, trauma, and in therapies for rare chronic conditions. These include autoimmune disorders and hemophilia.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is also produced by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it. The premise is that by injecting PRP into damaged tissues, it will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Since the PRP injections are more concentrated, the evidence suggests that the body’s tissues may heal faster.
In clinical studies, Platelet Rich Plasma injections have shown a positive effect on improving the pain and healing associated with Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. PRP treatments improved the pain, function, and the shoulder joint range of motion. Rotator cuff tears (PTRCTs) are a common result of shoulder disorders in people over 50 years old. Women are also more susceptible to shoulder problems.
PRP was first used in 1999 by a research group in Spain for maxillofacial and plastic surgery. Recent research shows the biologic enhancement of the healing process with PRP. It can produce collagen, growth factors, and may increase in the number of stem cells. This consequently enhances the healing process by delivering high concentrations of alpha-granules (platelets) to the areas that have soft tissue damage.
According to medical studies, Platelet Rich Plasma is safe and effective in treating the following common conditions:
- Osteoarthritis: Knee, Shoulder, Hip & Spine
- Rotator Cuff Strains & Tears
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Pelvic Pain & Instability
- Back & Neck Injuries / Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Tendonitis & Ligament Sprains
- Chronic Knee Pain
- Muscle Strains
Knee and Joint Pain Relief in Newnan, Georgia
If you’re one of the many people suffering from osteoarthritis, Joint Regeneration and Anti-Aging of Newnan is here to assist. We offer Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment to help you get back on your feet and in the game.
Our PRP procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. PRP injections administered into a joint are not painful but may have a higher level of discomfort on other parts of the body. There is sometimes a small amount of pain after an injection, but should not last longer than a few days. PRP treatments use the patient’s blood; therefore, the injections use the body’s natural healing process and carry little risk. Research has shown that on average, you can get back to a pain-free life in four to six weeks.
Call Joint Regeneration and Anti-Aging at (770) 683 4495 for more details about our Platelet Rich Plasma treatment. You can also visit our clinic located at 51 Hospital Road, Newnan, Georgia 30263. We offer a no-obligation consultation to see if our knee procedure is right for you. Knee pain doesn’t always mean you need surgery.