How can PRP treatments aid in joint treatments for Osteoarthritis?

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, and have exhausted several treatment alternatives without success, it may be time to consider PRP injections. PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapyis now being used by a growing number of people, suffering the effects of osteoarthritis. But how can PRP treatments aid in joint treatments for osteoarthritis? Let’s find out.

What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints that occurs because of the deterioration of the cartilage at the end of the joints. The cartilage is responsible for the easymotion of the joint, and also absorbs shock during movement. Osteoarthritis is marked by swelling of the joint, in addition to pain, stiffness, and decreased function.  It is a common problem that affects many middle-aged and elderly people in the US.

What is PRP Therapy?
PRP is one of the newer treatments now being used for osteoarthritis. It is a procedure in which a sample of your own blood is drawn, and is passed through a centrifuge to separate the platelets. It is then injected into the specific joint.

How PRP treatments can aid in joint treatment
Research indicates that PRP injections slow the progression of arthritis, and also eases discomfort. The platelets have within them important growth factors that aid healing. They stimulate the regeneration of tissue, and increase the production of natural lubricating fluid in the joint.  As tissue renewal takes place, new cartilage forms, and there is a gradual reduction in the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

If you are interested in learning more about PRP treatments for joint pain, contact orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank McCormick. Dr. McCormick can be contacted at the SOAR Institute, which has offices in Doral, Delray, and Miami Beach. Call 866-956-3837 to book an appointment.

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