Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries can be debilitating. They can prevent you from leading a normal, happy life. While there are many different treatments available, PRP treatment has gained a great deal of popularity in the recent years.
How Does PRP Work?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy utilizes the patient’s own blood to derive platelet rich plasma and then inject it back into damaged tissues to stimulate a healing response in the tissue. These injections can be repeated over the course of several months, if needed.
Does PRP Work in case of Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is classified in 4 stages.
- Stage I: Minor
The initial signs of osteoarthritis can be seen, such as formation of small osteophytes or bone spurs in the knee. There is some discomfort and stiffness but no significant deterioration of the cartilage is seen.
- Stage 2: Mild
Larger bone spurs appear and the loss of cartilage of the knee has begun. The stiffness and ache of minor arthritis becomes more prevalent.
- Stage 3: Moderate
Significant loss of cartilage along with formation of larger visible bone spurs. The tissues and knee cartilage become inflamed. Pain persists, especially after activity.
- Stage 4: Severe
Little to no cartilage is left in the knee joint. Bones of the knee start rubbing together due to absence of cartilage. Significant loss of the joint lubricating fluid in the knee can cause even more stiffness and pain.
For maximum effectiveness of PRP injections, there should be sufficient amount of cartilage present in the knee joint. That means PRP injections may not be as effective in severe arthritis as in mild and moderate cases.
So, PRP injections can be considered for patients in the early phases of osteoarthritis of the knee.
Does PRP Work for Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries, such as ligament and tendon injuries, respond well to PRP injections. The ligaments and tendons help in joint movement but are often injured due to small traumas. This can cause small tears that may heal on their own. But multiple or large tears can cause severe pain.
PRP injections can be utilized to speed up the healing of such injuries. But the effectiveness of PRP for sports injuries depends upon the size of the tear and scar tissue. If the area has been injured many times, scar tissue may have formed. This can interfere with healing.
If you are suffering from knee pain or any other symptoms, consult your orthopedic surgeon about the possibility of PRP therapy for your injury or ailment.
To learn more about treatments for various injuries, such as PRP treatment, call one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee at 480-219-3342.