Can PRP Help My Knee?
PRP knee treatments may seem a little futuristic, but studies show they offer promise to those suffering from debilitating knee conditions like osteoarthritis. This degenerative form of arthritis affects more than 54 million people in the United States, and the knee is one of the most common places to experience symptoms. Platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP) is one of the newest but most promising treatments available. Is PRP right for you?
What is a PRP Knee Treatment?
Blood is a complex fluid. It exists in liquid form while pumping through your body but if you get a cut, it clots to stop the bleeding. The solid component of blood, platelets, are what allows it to plug a wound and prevent excess bleeding. Plasma, the liquid portion of blood, consists of proteins the help cells grow and trigger healing.
PRP knee treatments take that liquid along with platelets and use it to help improve knee functioning when there is damage to the joint. In other words, this treatment uses the body’s natural healing properties and targets them to fix one specific problem.
How do PRP Treatments Work?
It starts with a staff member taking a small amount of blood from the patient. They spin the blood to separate the platelets and then combine that with the plasma to create a healing PRP solution that comes from the patients own blood.
By injecting that PRP into the knee at the site of the damage, the unique combination of concentrated proteins may encourage new cell growth; healing damaged tissue. For many, this injection can improve their body’s ability to heal itself by:
- Reducing and preventing inflammation
- Slowing down the progression of diseases like osteoarthritis
- Increasing the lubricating factors in the joint for better mobility
- Reducing pain
It is these potential benefits that make PRP a practical choice for people with knee problems.
What Knee Problems Might Benefit From PRP Treatments?
It is up to the doctor to decide if someone is a good candidate for PRP knee treatments, but some common conditions that can benefit from it include:
- Osteoarthritis – a degeneration of the protective tissue in a joint
- Knee instability due to injury or illness
- Chronic tendon problems from repetitive use or disease including jumper’s knee
- Post-surgical healing
Put simply, almost any problem that causes pain in the knee might improve with the help of PRP.
Is PRP Safe?
Since the doctor uses the patient’s blood, it is generally a safe option for pain relief. Not all people are good candidates for PRP, though. For example, someone with a blood disorder such as hemophilia would not be a candidate for PRP treatments. It also might not be the right choice for those with:
- Certain kinds of cancer
- Parkinson disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic infections
- Multiple medical problems
Backfit specializes in cutting-edge treatments to manage pain like PRP. To find out more about it or to make an appointment, contact Backfit today.