Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been present in the medical industry for than a decade serving as an effective arthritis pain medication and osteoarthritis treatment. However, this novel therapy has seen a dramatic increase in popularity with distinguished athletes and common individual opting for this treatment as an arthritis pain medication.
For instance, Barbara Nwaba, an Olympic heptathlete, has chosen PRP therapy to recover from a damaged knee. Suffering from stress fracture along with a small pothole in the knee, Nwaba turned to her doctor to use PRP therapy in combination with stem cell therapy to regenerate and revitalize the injured areas of her body.
“With all the events and jumping and stuff I do I need all the help I can get,” stated Nwaba.
Other than the Olympic athlete, Ilene Feldman, an active baby boomer from Encino also opted from PRP therapy as her arthritis pain medication to maintain her active lifestyle. Feldman, who loves to cycle, box, and hike, was always in search of a medical treatment that can reduce her joint pains, effectively. Feldman stated that she has already undergone surgery on her left knee for arthritis and her hip joints were also in a bad place before she opted for PRP therapy to significantly reduce the pain in her joints.
The Science Behind Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy is a completely natural alternative treatment modality that has been designed to repair damaged ligaments and meniscus, carry out cartilage regeneration, and reduce pain and swelling. Apart from these, the therapy is also cost-effective and can be afforded by all who are looking for an alternative to surgery. PRP therapy works best for musculoskeletal injuries and as an arthritis pain medication and treatment. PRP therapy boosts the natural healing powers of our body by providing the body with the necessary elements -growth factors – required for tissue regeneration in the affected area.
Our blood is composed of three major elements, namely, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and platelets. While the WBC is a part of the body’s immune system, the RBCs’ deliver oxygen to all parts and organs of our body. Platelets on the other hands help the blood to clot to prevent blood loss during injuries. Apart from this major functionality, the platelets contain growth factors, which stimulates the living cells of our body to grow. The mixture used in PRP therapy is basically prepared of blood plasma containing a high concentration of platelets than what is normally found in blood. The high platelet concentration delivered at the site of injury provides a biological boost to the natural healing process of the body.
How are These Mixtures Prepared?
PRP injections are prepared by drawing blood from the patient. The solid and liquid components of the blood are then separated with the help of centrifuge, increasing the concentration of the elements. The highly concentrated platelets are then mixed with the plasma and injected directly into the injured area of the patient.
The process of separation is carried out in two stages. In the primary phase, the platelets and plasma are separated from the RBC and WBC. In the second stage, the centrifuge is given a harder spin to separate the platelet-poor and platelet-rich plasma components, creating a more concentrated form of the mixture. This concoction is then administered in the joint space of the patient.
Efficacy of PRP Therapy as Arthritis Pain Medication
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after evaluating data collected by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) concluded that 22.7 percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffers from arthritis. The numbers increase considerably with age as 23.5 percent women and 18.1 percent men from higher ages suffer from this health condition.
Several scientific research has been carried since 2000 to look into the efficacy of PRP therapy for osteoarthritis. However, these scientific studies saw the light of the day only since 2010 after they were published in scientific journals.
In 2010, Sampson and colleagues carried out a pilot study to look into the effectiveness of PRP injections for patients suffering from primary and secondary knee osteoarthritis. Researchers stated that the modern, traditional treatments of osteoarthritis focus more on pain relief and alleviating the symptoms of the health condition rather than to treat the actual cause of the problem. PRP injections, on the other hand, influence the biochemical environment of the affected bone joint and bringing permanent relief to the patients. The researchers at the end of the study observed significant and linear improvements in the osteoarthritis and knee injury outcome scores, which includes symptom and pain relief.
Similarly, in 2013, a group of researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery demonstrated the positive effects of PRP therapy for patients with knee osteoarthritis through a scientific research. The treatment not only improved joint function and served as an effective arthritis pain medication, but also delayed osteoarthritis progression in 73 percent of the patients involved in the study. Given that osteoarthritis is progressive in nature, the study results have been tremendously positive.
The latest study conducted in November 2017 documented the various benefits of PRP therapy for reduced muscle strength in knees and knee osteoarthritis. The study showed that this autologous therapeutic discourse worked as an effective arthritis pain medication, apart from improving knee disability and stiffness in patients.
The price of PRP injections varies with the minimum being $500 and maximum of $11,000. While the therapy cost is not covered by insurance as it is still pending approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the treatment is comparatively much cheaper and safe than other traditional treatment methods, like knee and hip replacement.
However, doctor’s consultation and a prescription is a must before an individual decides to undergo the Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) therapy.
Posted on behalf of Advanced Healing Institute
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