Why PRP Therapy Is So Effective for Treating Knee Pain and Injuries

As you age, you may notice different body parts become impaired by injury or disease. Your knee is one area of the body that is especially susceptible and can fall prey to osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, and other knee ailments. 

If you’ve been thinking about ways to treat these conditions, you might be hesitant to try procedures that use complicated-sounding technology or invasive options like surgery. PRP therapy, however, is safe and effective and may be the right choice for your situation. It requires no surgery or incisions, and is accomplished with just a blood draw and an injection.

Our team at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates offers PRP therapy to men and women who want to use their body’s own cells to promote a natural healing process. With PRP therapy, our team can effectively enhance your knee’s well-being, restoring function that you may have lost due to your condition.

Below are some reasons why PRP therapy is so effective for knee pain and injuries.

PRP uses your body’s own cells

Part of what gives PRP therapy the ability to treat your knee ailments is that it uses cells found in your own body, specifically the platelets from your blood that contain growth factors and other healing substances already produced by your body.

For your PRP therapy, a member of our team draws a small amount of blood from your arm. Next, a medical device called a centrifuge separates your blood components so that the platelets and plasma can be used. We then inject the plasma with a high concentration of platelets back into your knee, completing a safe and effective procedure that utilizes your body’s own cells.

PRP promotes natural healing and growth

The declines in mobility and range of motion in arthritic knees are due to wear and tear on tissues so they no longer function as well as they used to. PRP therapy directly addresses these issues on a cellular level, promoting healing and growth as needed.

Once the platelets are introduced into your knee through the PRP injection, they start to release their natural growth factors. These healing proteins help speed up your knee’s healing process to regenerate lost or damaged tissue.

Who is a good candidate for PRP therapy

You might be a good candidate for PRP therapy in your knee if you’re suffering from painful osteoarthritis or injury-related pain, and you’re unable to find relief through conventional forms of treatment such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, or oral anti-inflammatory medications.   

If you’re ready to learn more about how PRP therapy can effectively treat your knee issues, contact our team at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates. Call one of our offices in Christiansburg, Roanoke, or Salem, Virginia, to set up your appointment.

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