Concentrated blood platelets are isolated during the PRP procedure to facilitate a PRP knee injection, which activates growth factors and stem cells in your damaged tissue. Powerful healing forces are triggered which help repair damaged tissue in the knee.
If you suffer from muscular injuries that just won’t heal, osteoarthritis in the knee, or any other muscle or tendon issue, then PRP knee injection therapy can help. PRP injections for the knee work by stimulating healing in tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints by isolating and activating growth factors naturally found in your blood. Delivery of these factors in high concentration naturally stimulates reparative processes of your body, enhancing functionality of your knee and reducing pain associated with injury.
Using PRP Knee Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis
Several treatments for osteoarthritis exist, including exercise, weight control, bracing, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, Tylenol, cortisone shots and viscosupplementation, a procedure that involves injecting a gel-like substance into the knee to supplement the natural lubricant in the joint. A new treatment that is being studied by a small number of doctors is PRP injections.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves the injection of a high concentration of plasma which contains growth factors – produced from your own blood. The concentrated formula enhances the healing ability of the human body. Plasma injections for knee pain are fast gaining traction in medical circles as an effective, non-surgical treatment for muscular injuries in the knee. In fact, a study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that PRP injections for knee pain hold great promise for treating knee osteoarthritis. Results of the study, published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, concluded that PRP treatment for knees improved pain and function, and appeared to delay the progression of osteoarthritis in up to 73% of patients in the trial.