Your body has an innate ability to heal itself. Some of these processes, such as the stimulation of cellular repair, can be greatly enhanced with modern regenerative medicine. The use of PRP gives people an opportunity to restore healthy function to joints and reduce the need to undergo surgery or other invasive procedures.
What is PRP?
PRP is “platelet rich plasma,” a natural blood product that can stimulate the grow styledth and healing of injured tissues. PRP is derived from your own blood. It is called platelet rich plasma as the blood platelets are concentrated in the product. Platelets have an abundance of the natural grow styledth factors found in the body that stimulate healing and regeneration.
Joint injections with platelet rich plasma is performed by first taking a blood sample, just as you would in a blood test. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the PRP. The PRP is then carefully and accurately injected into the damaged joint. The PRP injections work over time, stimulating natural healing to painful or damaged joints. PRP has been used in the medical field for wound healing for many years and is an effective treatment to aid in the regeneration and health of damaged joints.
What is plasma?
Our blood cells travel rapidly through the body, including white blood cells and platelets. The blood plasma is the liquid medium in which they travel, providing the oxygen, immunity, and proteins necessary for repair and healing.
What are platelets?
The plasma is rich in platelets, tiny blood cells that perform specialized functions for the body, including blood clotting, warding off diseases, and tissue regeneration. After an injury, chemical signals are sent that cause the platelets to accumulate in the injured area. The platelets will then form a clot to block the injury or ruptured area and stop bleeding. The platelets also contain grow styledth factors, which stimulate the regrow styledth and regeneration of various types of tissues, such as those found in blood vessels, muscles, cartilage, and tendons. These grow styledth factors are the key to the results that can be achieved with PRP injections for joint healing.
How does PRP for joint injections work?
PRP for joint injections is performed by:
- Taking a small blood sample from which the platelet-rich plasma is derived
- Using ultrasound if necessary to determine the exact location of a tear or injury to a joint
- Injecting the PRP into the damaged area with the assistance of ultrasound when needed
The PRP then takes effect by sending signals to the body to initiate regeneration of the damaged tissue of the joint. This could be in a torn ligament, tendon, or damaged cartilage. Joint cartilage has deteriorated from arthritis can often have that deterioration slowed with injections of the grow styledth factors in platelets.
The injured area is stimulated to regenerate by the grow styledth factors, healing and repairing the area naturally. Additional benefits include reducing inflammation and stimulating increased lubrication of the joint. The extent of the damage plays a large role in how effective PRP will be as a treatment option, which can be discussed with our team at Angel Longevity.
Is PRP for joints an effective option over surgery?
PRP has been used quite extensively in the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly for damaged knee joints. The degree of results on patients varies based on:
- The extent of the injury or advancement of arthritis
- Your body’s natural healing capacity and response to treatment
In the early stages of arthritis and for minor injuries to joints, or their cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, PRP has proven to be very effective. Some conditions, due to their severity, may not respond to the PRP injections as well as others. The first step is an assessment of your condition, so the most effective treatment can be applied in your case.
PRP for Joint Injections — Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for PRP to work?
It can take between two weeks to three months to achieve the improvement after treatment with PRP.
Can PRP regenerate cartilage?
It is theorized that PRP can regenerate cartilage and there is some evidence to suggest that as many people suffering from osteoarthritis have had the deterioration of their cartilage slowed or halted through the use of PRP.
Can PRP help arthritis?
PRP has been shown to help arthritis in many people, by reducing inflammation, increasing lubrication in the joint and potentially stimulating the healing or re-grow styledth of cartilage.
How painful is a PRP injection?
This depends on the area receiving the injection and your own pain tolerance. Many people find the injections to only involve a mild level of discomfort.
How long do PRP joint injections last?
This is another factor that is unique to you, as a patient. PRP is taken from your own body, so therefore it is a unique treatment and everyone’s response will be different. With that in consideration as well as varying severity of conditions that are treated, the effects of the injection will have varying longevity. Some people may require treatments with PRP more frequently than others to experience relief from symptoms, and some may achieve a great deal of relief with a single treatment.
Why choose Angel Longevity Medical Center?
At Angel Longevity Medical Center in Los Angeles, we offer alternatives to mainstream medicine, and are focused upon treating the cause of a condition, rather than the symptoms. Many people who have suffered joint deterioration of damage must consistently take painkillers to make it through the day. As an alternative to numbing the body with drugs, at our center our focus is upon discovering the cause of the condition and treating it with holistic, regenerative medicine. Our founder, Dr. Anju Mathur, has dedicated her professional life to alternative medicine, and offers her patients PRP injections to trigger a higher level of joint health, flexibility, and strength.
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