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Sustaining Arthritis Relief: Long-term Effects of PRP Therapy

Sustaining Arthritis Relief: Long-term Effects of PRP Therapy

About 25 percent of adults ages 60 and up have osteoarthritis, or OA. One of the most common sites is the knee, leading people to seek solutions for the pain, stiffness, and poor mobility that OA causes. If you have knee OA, you may want to explore PRP therapy. This non-operative treatment relieves symptoms and produces the therapeutic outcomes people desire.

Let’s look into PRP and its long-term effects.

What Is PRP Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy–also known as PRP therapy–consists of concentrated platelets taken from a patient’s very own blood. These platelets contain growth factor proteins which, when injected into an area of pain, degeneration, or surgery, boost healing and:

  • Stimulate new tissue growth
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Decrease pain and stiffness in joints and areas of injury

Since the platelet-rich plasma is taken directly from the patient, processed, and injected into the site of disease, surgery, or injury, there are no rejection or allergy concerns. The platelets are the patient’s own and cannot produce any serious adverse reactions. PRP therapy is very safe and widely used with positive results in people just like you who otherwise enjoy good overall health.

PRP therapy treats:

  • Arthritis pain and stiffness (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Tendonitis, such as jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, and more
  • Male pattern hair loss
  • Skin wrinkling on the face

Your provider will discuss your particular health condition with you to determine if platelet-rich plasma therapy could improve your arthritis symptoms.

How Is PRP Therapy Administered?

To prepare your PRP therapy injection, the doctor first takes a sample of your own blood. This process is very similar to any routine blood draw you have had with your primary care physician to check your blood count, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and so on.

Then, the doctor takes your blood sample and spins it in a high-speed lab centrifuge to separate the blood platelets from the straw-colored liquid plasma. The platelets are concentrated to 10 times their normal concentration in the plasma and then injected into the area of surgery, injury, or arthritis.

The PRP injections take just minutes and produce only some localized redness and bruising. You can return to your normal activities at home and work right away.

Unlike cortisone injections typically used for arthritis pain, platelet-rich plasma does not degrade joint cartilage already compromised by arthritis. Instead, it helps create more comfortable and smooth knee movement.

How Does PRP Therapy Relieve Arthritis Symptoms?

PRP therapy really is amazing. Effects from each PRP injection take about three to four weeks for maximum results, restoring more youthful joint function through reduced inflammation, cartilage regrowth, and increased joint fluid within the arthritic joint itself.

Most people use PRP therapy in conjunction with other non-invasive interventions to control their arthritis pain and other symptoms. Care plans may include:

  • A program of routine, low-impact exercise to strengthen muscular and cardiovascular function
  • Good hydration daily
  • A healthy diet with plenty of fiber, low-fat protein, and calcium
  • Assistive devices, such as a brace or cane, as needed
  • Physical therapy, including application of heat or cold and other tried and true arthritis treatments

Does Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy Work for the Long term?

The short answer to this question is yes, PRP therapy does produce long-term therapeutic effects. However, most patients who medically qualify for this injection therapy must be on a maintenance program of injections.

For instance, after the initial series of injections, you may come back to your local NIVA Health office every six months for additional blood draws, formulation of the platelet-rich plasma, and injections into the arthritic joint.  Your arthritis symptoms and progress toward improved comfort and mobility will be followed by your healthcare provider. Any needed adjustments to your treatment plan will be made with each follow-up visit.

In short, PRP therapy helps your body regenerate the joint components necessary for pain reduction, balance, weight-bearing, and mobility. For many people, it delivers the relief they desire and helps them avoid heavy pain medications or complex orthopedic surgeries.

PRP Therapy for Arthritis Pain in Jacksonville, FL

At NIVA Health, our caring team believes in using the most natural and non-invasive therapies possible to deal with arthritis and other degenerative conditions. Together, we can arrive at solutions to help your body heal well and function at its very best.

To learn more about platelet-rich plasma therapy and if it is the right option for you and your arthritis pain, call us today at (866) 377-5872 or request a consultation here. Let’s get together to discuss your health goals and how our innovative therapies can help.

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