Arthritis has been a problem impacting the lives of humans for as long as mankind itself. Pain is often associated with arthritis and can either continue to be chronic or can actually become so degenerative that it forces the joint into awkward positions, which can make the person unable to use the joint. Because of the impact that arthritis can have, many people are looking for means to help it. One of those methods is through platelet-rich plasma injection treatments. During a consultation at our office, we would be happy to discuss with you what PRP is and how it might be able to assist in relieving the symptoms of arthritis.
What is PRP?
The process of PRP involves removing some of the patient’s blood and placing it in a centrifuge. The device separates the plasma in the blood from the rest of the blood’s contents. This plasma is then injected into the targeted area. The goal is to allow the blood to naturally heal the area. The growth factors can encourage healing in the body.
How Does It Help Arthritis?
The uses of platelet-rich plasma injection treatments are many. Anywhere from hair regrowth to fighting off disease, it has also been shown to offer some relief for those who suffer from arthritis. This is largely due to the fact that PRP can help inhibit inflammation of the joint as well as slow down the progression of arthritis. It also helps to stimulate growth in cartilage. Since it contains certain proteins, PRP can alter the pain receptors in the targeted area and reduce the amount of pain that the patient regularly feels. It can also assist by producing more lubrication for the fluid within the joint. This reduces the amount of joint friction that the patient experiences.
Although PRP is typically used to treat osteoarthritis, many patients are trying the treatment for the other forms of arthritis, too. If you’re tired of living in constant pain from your arthritis, then consider platelet-rich plasma injection treatments at Mattalino Orthopaedics in Phoenix. Contact our office today to arrange a consultation and learn more.