Regenerative Medicine for Knee Pain – Part One
There are several new approaches to treating a wide variety of pain issues including pain in the knee. Two of the most promising approaches are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy.
Some famous athletes like tennis player Rafael Nadal have used PRP for their injured knees. As with many pain treatments, a comprehensive approach with includes physical therapy, diet, and other treatments is important.An array of treatment options are available for our patients, depending upon the condition, which includes:
Your blood contains sever ingredients. The red liquid part is the plasma. The other key ingredients are red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets, in addition to helping your blood to clot, also have proteins which help injuries heal. These proteins are also known as “growth factors.”The PRP process essentially enriches the plasma with higher concentrations of these growth factors. A specific proves is used to achieve this enriched state. The good news is that the enrichment process uses your own blood. It doesn’t’ rely on someone else’s blood.The key steps are:
- Blood is drawn from the patient
- The platelets are separated out and their concentration is increased. The process used to increase the platelet level is called centrifugation.
- The site where you are experiencing pain is treated with the increased platelet/platelet combination.
- Injection. The solution is injected, usually with a local anesthetic, into the part of the body this is hurting. It may time a month or so before the patient feels better
- Surgery, If surgery is needed to treat a patient’s pain, then the PRP solution may be used to help improve the healing process.
PRP therapy is being used for a variety of acute and chronic pain problems. It does seem to help with tendon, muscle, and ligament damage injuries. Research is still being done to determine the effectiveness of PRP treatments. The evidence for the effectiveness in PRP for fractures is limited compared to the promise it may help with tendon, muscle, and ligament damage.
The information is for educational purposes only. Please make an appointment so we can formally review your medical condition.
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PRP does appear to have minimal risks. The likelihood of problems due to infections and tissue damage appear to be similar to the risks associated with cortisone injections.