What is PRP Therapy and How Does It Help Arthritis?
For years, those suffering from arthritis have turned to the same old treatments. While medications can be effective in relieving the symptoms, they aren’t without side effects. According to the Arthritis Foundation, they can range from upset stomach and blood clots to stroke, heart attack and more. And while many opt for joint surgery, these procedures can be invasive, not to mention disruptive to your everyday life.
What if there was another way? A non-surgical option to fight arthritis in a more natural and lasting way? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is just that. This forward-thinking treatment is a form of regenerative medicine that harnesses the natural healing power of our own blood.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy & Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that wreaks havoc on weight-bearing joints like knees and hips. It essentially wears down protective tissue, leaving pain and achiness behind. Thanks to the growth factors present in blood, PRP helps improve inflammation and naturally repair damaged tissue. The idea is to reintroduce your blood’s own PRP into the affected joint. This triggers your body to build new, healthy tissue.
Rejuvinix’s ProPlaz therapy delivers injections of PRP directly to arthritis-stricken joints. From there, the plasma’s natural healing factors spring into action. As Arthritis-health reports, this is because the injection has a higher concentration of platelets when compared to normal blood. The best part is that PRP is easily extracted from the patient’s own blood sample, making it a surprisingly simple therapy. Once the blood is drawn, it’s put into a centrifuge to filter out the platelets prior to injection.
When compared to joint replacement surgery, PRP therapy is less invasive. It also comes with far fewer side effects than staying on long-term maintenance medications. For some, one or two injections, combined with physical therapy, is effective enough to jumpstart lasting healing—all by using the body’s own regenerative properties.
Research suggests that PRP may be particularly valuable for treating early osteoarthritis. One recent study found a single dose to be effective in managing pain and improving the quality of life for patients with early-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a forward-looking treatment that uses the body’s own natural healing ability to support pain relief and, most importantly, help patients with arthritis get back to living full, active lives. Rejuvinix is at the forefront, exploring the latest in non-surgical treatment options. Our expert team is fully devoted to making surgery a last resort for relieving joint pain. Ready to learn more about ProPlaz? We’re happy to set up a free informational consult to get the ball rolling.