A growing number of adults are turning to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to alleviate joint pain. Dr. John Botsford at Pure Skin Aesthetic & Laser Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, offers PRP injections to treat joint pain, taking advantage of the body’s natural healing abilities. To find out if PRP therapy may be a good solution to your acute or chronic joint pain, call to schedule a consultation today!
Orthopedic doctors have been using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat joint injuries and promote healing after surgeries for about 15 years. PRP therapy helps heal sprained knees, treat injured tendons and ligaments, or even helps stimulate the growth of new cartilage. Additionally, PRP is being used to treat men and women with osteoarthritis, the most common reason for knee joint pain.
During a PRP treatment, Dr. John Botsford, a highly trained physician, draws a small amount of your own blood. He puts the blood into a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma from the other blood components. Next, Dr. Botsford injects the platelet-rich plasma into your aching joint to help reduce pain, to improve joint function, and to slow damage to the cartilage surrounding your joint. It’s possible that the platelet-rich plasma may even repair damaged cartilage over time.
Many different health conditions can cause joint pain, including disease and injury. Some of the most common reasons your joints may hurt include;
Joint pain often affects your largest joints — knees, shoulders, and hips — but certain types of arthritis cause joint pain in your feet, ankles, and hands as well. Living with the pain often makes it difficult to perform daily tasks like buttoning your clothes, turning a doorknob, or walking.
Platelet-rich plasma has many positive benefits for those who experience joint pain. Because of the healing properties, PRP therapy may help relieve your pain and improve mobility after an injury, as your body heals. The platelets contain a significant amount of growth factors that are capable of:
When your joint receives a high concentration of platelets through the process of PRP therapy, it has a beneficial effect on the tendons and cartilage surrounding the joint. Because it also helps reduce inflammation, you may experience less pain when you move the treated joint.
If you suffer from joint pain and don’t want to be dependent on prescription pain medications, PRP therapy for joints might be a good option for relief. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about this innovative therapy.