PRP Treatment: How Your Own Blood Can Help Treat Your Chronic Joint Pain

Chronic joint pain can interfere with your daily life. After a long day, it isn’t pleasant to return home only to have aching, throbbing joint pain. If you’ve tried home remedies to improve your chronic pain in your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, feet, or ankles to no avail, then it may be time to seek medical attention.

At OrthoWellness, we treat a variety of types of chronic joint pain for our patients in and around Boca Raton, Florida. One therapy we provide to ease your pain is platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a regenerative medicine method that uses your own body’s healing power to relieve pain.

PRP defined

Platelet-rich plasma is created from your own blood using two of its components: platelets, which are cells that help your blood to clot, and plasma, the liquid portion of blood. Platelets are also known to have great restorative and healing properties.

PRP is currently used in many therapeutic areas ranging from orthopedics to dermatology. When it comes to chronic pain, PRP therapy helps to treat multiple types of joint problems, from your shoulders to your feet.

Simple, one-time treatment for joint pain

The treatment plan usually is as follows. Dr. Colón-Martínez and her team draw a small amount of your blood, which is then spun by a centrifuge to separate the components. The platelets are mixed with a small amount of plasma and then injected directly into the part of your joint causing you the most pain.

PRP may be injected at the same time as a local anesthetic, or a numbing agent that reduces any pain associated with the procedure. The healing effect is noticeable within a matter of weeks, as you may experience a lessening or even total relief of your chronic joint pain.

PRP comes from your own body

With PRP, it’s your own blood that has the ability to heal your chronic joint pain. This is because your blood contains platelets, which have growth factors and other healing proteins. Platelets also send out signals to bring different types of cells to the painful area, including stem cells, which have regenerative properties. So the resources that encourage growth, renewal, and healing are all brought to the part of your body that hurts, jumpstarting the pain-relief process.

Clinically proven success of PRP

Clinical trials have explored the use of PRP in several issues that cause chronic joint pain, such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and fracture sites, to a high degree of success. Given the evidence and clinical successes, PRP is valued as a therapy to improve pain and healing for our patients.

If you've been experiencing chronic joint pain that hasn’t improved with time, call our office or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Colón-Martínez to explore your treatment options.

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