Joint pain can be a debilitating issue that prevents you from participating in a lot of the activities you love to do. Joint pain is common because it has a lot of causes. Arthritis, wear and tear injuries, surgeries, injuries caused by accidents, and even simply aging can cause joint pain.
Fortunately, there is a treatment that can help heal some of the damage in joints that is responsible for the pain symptoms – regardless of the reason behind the pain. This treatment is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
PRP therapy involves tissue repair using the healing and growth properties found in platelet-rich plasma. PRP is found in your blood and has exceptional abilities.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
To perform PRP therapy, a doctor takes a small amount of your blood and uses a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood’s content. Once isolated, the doctor will inject the concentrated plasma into any part of the body that needs help healing.
Once injected, the PRP will trigger a healing response in the body. For a few days, you may feel inflammation or soreness in the treatment area. However, in as little as two weeks, you will notice significant improvement in your pain symptoms. This is because the PRP has healing properties that are responsible for fixing damaged or injured tissue at a cellular level. When a concentrated amount of PRP is introduced to an area, the healing response is far more than normal, causing injuries and damage to be fixed faster and better.
Am I A Candidate For PRP Treatment?
PRP therapy has been used to treat joint pain when conventional methods such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and physical therapy have failed. If joint pain is affecting your daily life, you are sensitive to anti-inflammatory medication, or if you do not want to consider surgery for your condition, PRP may be a good treatment option for you. PRP therapy is also a good option if you recently had surgery and want to accelerate the healing process in the surgery area. Finally, PRP therapy can also help with old injuries that did not originally heal properly.
PRP therapy is a versatile treatment. It can be used to treat joint pain as well as a variety of other conditions, including:
- Injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints after an accident (sports, vehicular, etc.)
- Rotator cuff tears
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Tennis or golfers’ elbow
Treating Joint Pain At The Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland
If you would like to learn more about the treatments offered at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland for joint pain, contact us today. We have a team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who have extensive education and experience diagnosing, treating, and preventing all types of orthopedic conditions and injuries. We use state-of-the-art techniques to help keep you in peak condition and help you resume your favorite activities as quickly as possible.
For comprehensive orthopedic care in four locations, visit Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland. Call (410) 644-1880 or toll-free at (855) 4MD-BONE today. You can also request an appointment online.