Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Joint Preservation Treatment
Pain and mobility problems are typically the result of damage to important components in the joints. This may occur as the result of an injury or disease. Joint preservation treatments are used to slow down or stop the progression of wear and tear to these components.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments are a joint preservation measure that has numerous joint-health benefits. When PRP is used to treat areas where damage has occurred, it stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. A concentrated substance that is high in platelets and other healing components, like growth factors, is created using centrifugal force. These properties are taken from the patient’s own blood, making PRP an incredibly safe treatment option.
PRP Injections for Arthritis Relief
If tissues or other structures around a joint are damaged, introducing PRP to the affected area will promote natural healing. Typically, PRP is used in combination with other joint preservation treatments as part of an individualized care plan at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds will discuss suitable treatment options during your expert consultation.
As one of the safest and most effective joint preservation treatments for arthritis pain, PRP does not have any downsides. You do not have to forego other treatment options, as PRP can be utilized in conjunction with regular treatments and alternative joint preservation measures.
PRP During Surgery
PRP also has a role intraoperatively. Surgeries involving tendon, ligament, cartilage i.e. rotator cuff repair, patella tendon repair, ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair, chondroplasty, ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, knee and ankle marrow stimulating procedures etc., can benefit from PRP by promoting healing and reducing pain by blocking painful inflammatory mediators. During surgery, blood will be drawn from your arm and centrifuged to prepare the PRP injection. Once surgical repair, reconstruction or debridement is complete, the PRP solution will be injected at the surgical site. The PRP injection can facilitate post operative healing and decrease post operative pain.
Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds have extensive experience in providing joint preservation solutions for patients living in or visiting California. If you are dealing with progressively worsening symptoms of arthritis, PRP injections may provide adequate relief.
To learn more about PRP injections in the treatment of rheumatism and joint preservation, book an expert consultation with Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California today.