The CDC estimates that over 32 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition, meaning the structure and integrity of your joints begins to decline, causing immobility, pain, and stiffness. OA occurs when the cartilage in your joint wears away with natural age or due to an injury. Thinning or lack of cartilage causes the bones to make contact with each other, resulting in rough contact, grinding, and inflammation. The team of experts at Regenerative Orthopedic and Sports Medicine are industry leaders in administering PRP therapy for osteoarthritis. Using ultrasound guidance tools, we can ensure maximum exposure of PRP to the injury site, meaning a more effective and timely healing process.
Osteoarthritis is most likely not the only aspect of your joint pain. Prior to the joint and cartilage degenerating, there were years of surrounding weakness on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the joint. By taking a more comprehensive approach to include diagnostic evaluation and treatment of these surrounding structures our doctors can provide a more effective/comprehensive treatment.
What is it and What can it do?
Platelet-rich plasma, or Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRP/PRGF), are some of the components that are found in your blood, along with red and white blood cells. A specialist will extract a small blood sample and place it into a centrifuge, where it can be separated into its respective components. When the process is finished, there will be a portion of your plasma that will contain concentrated amounts of platelets as well as the associated growth factors and inflammatory mediators that stimulate healing. This sample will then be isolated into a needle of its own for injection into the injury site. The procedure is virtually painless and takes approximately 30-40 minutes in its entirety.
These platelets contain growth factors and signaling cells that have anti-inflammatory properties and also encourage cell proliferation, replacing, and regenerating injured tissues. By injecting PRP/PRGF directly into the injured site, we are supercharging the body’s natural healing process, taking regenerative properties from the blood and presenting them to an area that desperately needs them. Because PRP/PRGF is a product of your body, there is no risk of rejection like there is with synthetic injections.
Treating Injuries With PRP/PRGF
Platelet-rich plasma injections have been used to treat injuries from head to toe, but have seen the greatest results in musculoskeletal injuries such as:
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
- Complete tears
- Joint injuries, such as knee osteoarthritis
PRP/PRGF Therapy for Osteoarthritis
This 2018 study highlighted in the National Institute of Health, concluded that PRP/PRGF should be the patient’s first choice for knee osteoarthritis injection therapy, outlining that it is a safe, effective, widely available, and non-invasive therapy. When treating osteoarthritis with platelet-rich plasma, a doctor injects PRP/PRGF directly into the affected joint. The goal is to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve joint function and mobility
- Reduce inflammation and slow the progression of osteoarthritis
- Encourage the formation of new cartilage and stop degeneration
- Increase natural lubricating fluid in the joints, reducing friction
ROSM Provides PRP Therapy to Patients in Mclean, Reston, Virginia, and Surrounding Areas.
If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis or other musculoskeletal injuries or would like more information about PRP/PRGF and the procedure, reach out to the team of specialists at Regenerative Orthopedic and Sports Medicine today! Don’t wait for your condition to worsen, as early action can improve your results! Call our offices or book a consultation online today!