Chronic knee pain is a very common ailment that affects people of all ages, simply because of how much we rely on our knees every day. We truly put a lot of stress on our knees throughout our lifetimes, walking, running, and playing. Over time, the constant strains and movements can cause the cartilage to breakdown, making it extremely painful or hard to move. If not properly diagnosed and treated, knee pain may have a severe impact on everyday activities as well as long-term mobility.
Fortunately, there are now alternative solutions for chronic knee pain that use platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities in order to treat the root cause of the pain at the source without drugs or surgery.
Non-Surgical Solution for Chronic Pain
If you have dealt with chronic pain, you have probably been told that surgery may be your best option for relief, but it is not the only option. Platelet-rich plasma focuses on utilizing your body’s natural ability for repairing damaged tissue and restoring the tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles that support the knees.
PRP injections have shown tremendous results for relieving knee pain caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Sprains or strains
- Knee joint pain
- Runner’s knee
- Torn meniscus
- Torn ligaments
- MCL or ACL tears
- Dislocated kneecaps (displaced from proper position)
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, or bursitis)
- Tendonitis (chronic small tears causing inflammation)
- And many more
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a highly effective type of regenerative therapy that focuses on the use of blood platelets. These are a crucial component of your blood because they encourage clotting as well as aid in healing damaged tissue.
Platelets are rich in growth factors, and through the PRP process, they are concentrated and injected directly into the damaged or injured area of the knee for effective relief. The process is relatively simple, and most patients report little to no discomfort.
Typically during your visit with your doctor, a blood sample will be drawn. Once the sample is obtained, it is spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the sample, and that plasma is then injected into the knee area. The plasma has a high concentration of platelets allowing for acceleration of the body’s innate response to heal the damaged area.
You don’t have to continue to live with knee pain or allow it to keep you from being able to work, enjoy sports, or spend time with those you love. If you are looking for a non-invasive solution to your knee pain, or to avoid pain-masking medications or surgery, PRP therapy can offer a simple alternative treatment to relieve your chronic knee pain.