For people suffering from osteoarthritis, even the most common day to day tasks – driving, walking, climbing stairs, can become challenging. While physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications can provide relief in mild cases, total joint replacement surgery may be required for severe cases. Surgery puts patients at risk and requires a long and painful recovery period.
If you suffer from severe osteoarthritis in hip or knee joints and have been thinking of surgery, here is a highly effective alternative you should consider – Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
Platelets are blood cells that help in clotting. In case of damage to a blood vessel, platelets create a clot at the site of the damage to stop the bleeding and allow healing.
PRP therapy uses a patient’s own platelets to promote healing in the damaged joint. It is a quick and safe procedure.
Blood is drawn from the patient and spun in a centrifuge. This separates the platelets from other blood cells. These platelets are directly injected into the damaged joint. The entire process is done as an outpatient procedure and takes about an hour.
Your orthopedic doctor may prescribe physical therapy regimen for weeks following the injection. You would be asked to come back for an evaluation after six weeks. A second injection is necessary, in some cases. In successful cases, you would be able to comfortably resume activities that arthritis had previously made too painful, within 3 months of the injection.
PRP therapy has also shown to be highly effective in treating osteoarthritis, tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee).
To learn more about PRP Therapy, call the top Orthopedic surgeon in Gilbert, AZ, call OSPI Arizona at 480-899-4333. OSPI’s Board Certified orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in sports medicine, general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.