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PRP Therapy for Knee Pain: Harnessing the Body’s Healing Power

Knee pain is a widespread issue that can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. Whether it’s due to aging, sports injuries, or conditions like osteoarthritis, knee pain can limit mobility and make daily activities challenging.

Traditional treatments often involve medication, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery. However, a cutting-edge treatment known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is offering new hope.

At Boost Integrated Medical Center, we harness the body’s natural healing power through PRP therapy to provide effective relief from knee pain.

How PRP Therapy Works

PRP therapy involves several steps to ensure the effective delivery of healing agents to the affected area:

  1. Blood Draw: The procedure begins with a simple blood draw, similar to what you would experience during a routine blood test. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient’s arm.
  2. Centrifugation: The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins the blood at high speeds. This process separates the blood into its various components, isolating the platelet-rich plasma from the other elements.
  3. Preparation: The concentrated PRP is then prepared for injection. This preparation involves ensuring that the PRP has a high concentration of platelets and growth factors necessary for promoting healing.
  4. Injection: The prepared PRP is injected directly into the knee joint. This is typically done under ultrasound guidance to ensure precise placement of the PRP in the affected area. The growth factors and proteins in PRP work to reduce inflammation, promote tissue regeneration, and accelerate healing.

Benefits of PRP Therapy for Knee Pain

PRP therapy offers a range of benefits for individuals suffering from knee pain:

  • Natural Healing: Since PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, it harnesses the body’s natural healing processes. This reduces the risk of adverse reactions and complications.
  • Reduced Inflammation: The growth factors in PRP help to reduce inflammation in the knee joint. This can alleviate pain and swelling associated with conditions like osteoarthritis and tendonitis.
  • Tissue Regeneration: PRP promotes the regeneration of damaged tissues, including cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. This is particularly beneficial for those with degenerative conditions where tissue wear and tear is prevalent.
  • Minimally Invasive: PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require surgery. This means there is no need for long recovery times or the risks associated with surgical interventions.
  • Improved Mobility and Function: By reducing pain and promoting tissue healing, PRP therapy can help improve joint function and overall mobility, allowing patients to return to their normal activities more quickly.

Conditions Treated with PRP Therapy

PRP therapy is effective for a variety of knee conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis: PRP can help reduce pain and improve function in knees affected by osteoarthritis, a common degenerative joint disease.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons, often due to overuse or injury, can be effectively treated with PRP.
  • Ligament Injuries: PRP can aid in the healing of ligament injuries, such as ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears.
  • Meniscus Tears: PRP can promote the healing of meniscus tears, which are common knee injuries.
What to Expect During PRP Therapy

Understanding what to expect during and after PRP therapy can help patients feel more comfortable and prepared for the procedure:

During the Procedure

  • Comfort: The blood draw and PRP injection are generally well-tolerated. A local anesthetic may be applied to the knee area to minimize any discomfort during the injection.
  • Duration: The entire procedure typically takes about 60 to 90 minutes, making it convenient to fit into your schedule.

After the Procedure

  • Recovery Time: Following the injection, some patients may experience mild pain or swelling at the injection site. This is a normal part of the healing process and usually subsides within a few days.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are usually advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a short period after the procedure. Light activities and gentle movement are encouraged to promote circulation and healing.
  • Follow-Up: Depending on the condition being treated, multiple PRP injections may be recommended. Follow-up appointments will help monitor progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy is suitable for a wide range of patients, particularly those who have not found relief from traditional treatments.

Ideal candidates include individuals with:

  • Chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis or tendonitis.
  • Acute knee injuries, such as ligament or meniscus tears.
  • A desire to avoid surgery or those who are not candidates for surgical intervention.
  • A willingness to follow post-treatment guidelines to optimize recovery.

At Boost Integrated Medical Center, we are committed to offering innovative and effective treatments for knee pain. PRP therapy is a promising option that leverages the body’s natural healing power to provide relief and improve joint function.

If you are struggling with knee pain and are seeking a minimally invasive, natural treatment option, PRP therapy may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

To learn more about PRP therapy and how it can help you, contact Boost Integrated Medical Center today at 775-525-5624 to schedule a consultation.