Has chronic pain due to arthritis caused you to lose mobility and flexibility? When arthritis pain take over, every movement can seem like a chore, and even the things you love doing most can cease to give you joy. Natural, safe platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy can encourage your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to shift into full gear, helping to reduce inflammation and pain.
PRP therapy basics
Your blood contains several major components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Of these, platelets are the most important to the healing process – they contain powerful growth factors. Everything is suspended in plasma, and concentrating the platelets within your own plasma is the fastest way to empower your body’s healing ability at the site of your pain.
Dr. Strasburger provides PRP therapy in quick, in-office sessions that only take 1-2 hours in total. First, a small vial of blood with be taken in a normal blood draw. Then you’ll be able to relax comfortably while the vial is placed in the centrifuge machine and spun to separate the platelets from the rest of the components.
The red and white blood cells are “poured off”, and what remains is plasma that has a high concentration of platelets. This platelet rich plasma is injected at the source of your pain, and instantly goes to work repairing damaged tissue.
As a result of PRP therapy, inflammation decreases and pain can be lessened. Best of all, the growth factors attract the attention of your body’s systems, which spring into action to direct other valuable resources to the area in need of healing.
PRP therapy has been found to be highly effective for joint pain, including severe pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Ongoing pain relief from PRP can last for several months after your treatment, and the treatment itself is almost completely free of discomfort.
Since PRP is a fully bio-compatible treatment made from your own blood, chances of an adverse reaction are minuscule. PRP can also be safely paired with other non surgical and surgical treatments for joint pain.
At Strasburger Orthopaedics in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dr. Scott Strasburger offers a full range of innovative care for patients with chronic pain from arthritis, including PRP. Contact our office today for a consultation.