Why Are PRP Injections an Effective Knee Pain Treatment?
Traditional methods of treating knee pain include surgery, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatories. But recent studies have suggested PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections can effectively treat knee pain using the body’s natural healing processes.
For example, osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects many people, including athletes such as runners, skiers and triathletes. In fact, one study found OA was more prevalent in athletes than non-athletes. This condition can lead to debilitating knee pain, but researchers have found that PRP injections can offer significant improvement in knee OA. The meta-analysis discovered a significant reduction in pain alongside a huge improvement in physical function at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups.
What Are PRP Injections?
The above research demonstrates how effective PRP injections can be in treating the knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. However, the treatment also works on sports injuries, torn ligaments, injured tendons, joint pain, chronic pain caused by past inflammation or injuries, and degeneration of the joints.
This knee pain treatment works by harnessing the natural healing powers of your body, using your own blood. Within this blood are platelets which contain growth factors that encourage cells to create and grow connective tissue. And by injecting these into the injured area, it enables your body to proliferate these new tissues, healing the previous damage caused.
After an injury, the body sends these platelets and white blood cells to the affected area, but if this hasn’t healed properly or the injury is old, PRP injections can induce the natural, therapeutic effect of this process.
Is This Knee Pain Treatment Right for Me?
You may be a good candidate for PRP injections if you’re struggling to overcome the knee pain you’re experiencing. It also allows you to try an unmedicated approach to combatting your pain, rather than relying on prescription drugs.
However, you might not be a suitable candidate if you have any blood disorders or abnormal bleeding, you're pregnant, have anemia, are on anticoagulants, or have any skin diseases, metastatic disease, or active infections.
Your chiropractor in Greenwood Village will be able to determine whether or not this is the right treatment for you. If it is, you can expect the treatment to last approximately one hour.
During this time, the chiropractor will draw some blood before placing this sample in a centrifuge. This separates your blood into platelets, plasma, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The chiropractor will numb your knee before using the PRP injections. After you’ve rested for 15 minutes, you’ll be discharged.
If you’re a runner or skiing triathlete who’s suffering from knee pain, get in touch with us today. At Belleview Spine and Wellness, we specialize in PRP injections, working with industry-leading brand Harvest® Technologies to provide the most effective treatment plan.