Knee osteoarthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis suffered by patients around the globe. Being the primary weight-bearing joints, the knee takes the full brunt of osteoarthritis making it difficult for the patients to bear the pain as the condition accelerates. From physical therapy, medications, injection to knee replacement, a variety of treatment methods are used to Orthopaedists and joint replacement surgeons to relieve pain and restore knee health.
Platelet-rich plasma treatment is one of the new procedures on the block that is found to effective in treating knee osteoarthritis. So what is platelet-rich plasma treatment and how does it help in managing osteoarthritis? Read on:
What is Platelet-rich plasma?
Platelets are cell components in our blood that help in blood clotting. In addition to their ability to help clot the blood, they also contain specific growth factors that are found to support bone healing and regeneration of the specific tissue it is injected into. This platelet-rich plasma is currently being used to treat a variety of medical conditions like joint instability, carpal tunnel syndrome, hair loss, sprains and strains, and even knee osteoarthritis.
Platelet-rich plasm treatment for the knee arthritis:
The patient’s blood that is drawn is put in a centrifuge to separate all the blood components: RBC, WBC, Platelets, and Plasma. This sample is taken to prepare platelet-rich plasma for bone healing and injected by the orthopaedic specialist to your knee.
How does the Platelet-rich plasma treatment help treat knee osteoarthritis?
Though PRP for knee osteoarthritis is a relatively new treatment procedure, research suggests that it could be an excellent alternative treatment for knee arthritis patients. Hundreds of studies that are performed on patients who underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment indicate that the patients experienced a significant reduction in knee pain and improvement in physical function. However, it does not provide instant relief and patients who experienced pain relief and physical improvement reported improvement after several weeks of the procedure.
As the injections involve the patient’s own blood, this treatment procedure was found to have no side effects and also is minimally invasive compared to other procedures with similar effectiveness.
So who is the right candidate for Platelet-rich plasm treatment for knee arthritis?
A patient can be a good candidate for PRP if the knee arthritis symptoms are not manageable with other non-surgical procedures like cortisone injections, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy. Though PRP for knee arthritis is a relatively new procedure, its effectiveness is well documented and the improvement is found to be permanent. If you are looking for a treatment option to manage your knee arthritis then, PRP is a great choice.
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