Knee pain, whether chronic or acute, can be extremely frustrating and a detriment to an individual’s life. While for some, a knee injury was perhaps unavoidable, there are certain risk factors that make a person more susceptible to knee pain.
Regardless of the cause, if your pain stems from some form of tissue or musculoskeletal damage, the healing power of platelet-rich plasma therapy can help you recover.
Causes of Knee Pain
The most common culprits of knee pain stem from injuries and arthritis. Frequent knee injuries include ACL, meniscus, and other ligament tears; fractures; bursitis; and tendonitis. Many times, they occur while playing sports, but they can also be the result of a car accident or situational stress placed upon the knee.
Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis also contribute to chronic knee pain, often leading desperate patients to resort to taxing knee replacement surgeries. Osteoarthritis is the most notable type, caused by the wear and tear of the associated with use and age.
Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that can affect almost any joint in your body, including your knees.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
The procedure first involves a doctor drawing a small amount of blood from the patient. The blood is then placed into a centrifuge to highly concentrate the platelets. Though platelets (or thrombocytes) are the cells that cause blood clots, they are also essential for growth healing functions in general.
Therefore, when they are injected directly into your injured or ailing body tissue, it releases growth factors and other components that increase the number of reparative cells your body can produce, thereby encouraging healing.
The side effects of these treatments are typically very mild since the injections are created from naturally occurring substances within the body and are extremely unlikely to be rejected.
Additionally, in comparison to its pain-management counterparts, including pain medications and knee replacement surgery, PRP is the least invasive and most natural alternative.
It is also much less risky, painful, and laboring than these options as well. All in all, platelet-rich plasma injections offer a viable solution to both acute and chronic knee pain, in a safe and natural way.
Additional Uses for PRP Therapy
In addition to knee pain, PRP can help treat a host of other conditions. Its versatility and ability to make a difference while having little to no side effects are some of the many reasons it has been growing in popularity.
Some of the other ailments PRP therapy has shown promise in relieving include:
- Neck and back pain, including bulging or herniated discs and whiplash
- Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff issues
- Hip pain from arthritis or degraded cartilage
- Elbow pain, such as tennis elbow
- Bone spurs and other bone issues, including osteoporosis
- Fibromyalgia and other conditions involving chronic pain
- Peripheral neuropathy and other nerve-related problems
- Foot and ankle pain, such as plantar fasciitis
- Hair restoration, including conditions such as alopecia
- Aesthetic purposes such as fine line and wrinkle reduction