While the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy for pain relief and the healing of various musculoskeletal conditions is not new, specific variables relating to treatment are often left up to the doctor. For instance, while most orthopedic and sports medicine physicians can make accurate injections into certain joints without the need for imaging, the amount of plasma as well as the specific location of the injection makes a difference in the effectiveness of treatment. Therefore, when it comes to PRP injections for arthritis, it is wise to consider the experience and success rate of the physician in treating arthritis using PRP injections, and whether he or she uses technological guidance to ensure a precise injection.
Imagine the case of a patient with osteoarthritis in his knee. Using a small sample of the patient’s own blood that is spun in a centrifuge machine, a doctor isolates the patient’s blood plasma. The plasma contains proteins, nutrients, glucose and antibodies, and by itself, does not contain healing properties. Yet, when injected, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) releases growth factors that encourage cell division and signal tissue regeneration and healing.
While one patient’s blood plasma differs from the next patient (due to blood composition and additives), ARTHRITIS-health explains that PRP injections address arthritis by inhibiting inflammation, stimulating the formation of new cartilage, increasing the production of natural lubricating fluid in the joint and altering a patient’s pain receptors so that pain sensation is reduced.
Even so, it all comes down to treatment protocol, placement and precision. The use of imaging technologies, including ultrasound guidance, ensures a precise injection. What’s more is that the usefulness of treatment relies upon the injections being made directly into the joint capsule.
Expertise In Musculoskeletal Radiology And Imaging Guidance Procedures
Renowned for his expertise in musculoskeletal radiology and imaging guidance procedures, Dr. Reza Dehdari has devoted his practice to the treatment of arthritis and sports related injuries. As a board certified radiologist, Dr. Dehdari places a high value on PRP injections in stimulating the body’s natural healing and reparative mechanisms. Given his superior technique in delivering PRP injections, the maximum amount of platelet rich plasma is delivered to affected areas. Thus, patients experience the most successful outcome possible.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dehdari, contact the Advanced Healing Institute today.
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