Knee Issues or Pain?
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If you suffer from knee pain, the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine has a solution for you: PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy. This state-of-the-art treatment uses your body’s own healing ability to address the source of your pain.
Knee pain can and should be treated right away. If unaddressed, it can lead to physical damage to the knee and other joints, including the ankles, hips, and lower back. Your body is a complex, interconnected system, and damage to one part inevitably affects other parts. Make sure you get knee pain treatment to preserve function in your other joints.
Alternatives to Knee Surgery
The most common cause of knee pain is arthritis, which becomes more prevalent with age. It comes in different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. This condition occurs when the cartilage in your knee joint degenerates, so the bones start rubbing up against each other. The result is chronic pain and inflammation that makes daily activities, particularly exercise, more difficult.
Another cause of knee pain is muscle and ligament sprains. These are particularly common in athletes who play sports that involve heavy use of the knees, including soccer and football. Unless severe tearing has occurred, sprains do not usually require an operation to repair, just rest and proper care of the joint.
Other causes can include patellofemoral syndrome, meniscus tears, and bursitis. All involve pain and inflammation around the knee joint.
PRP Treatment to Regain Knee Functionality
Recent years have seen the rise of regenerative medicine, a medical specialty whose philosophy is to treat injury and disease using the body’s natural healing abilities as much as possible. PRP therapy is a perfect example of regenerative medicine.
When you suffer a cut on your skin, within minutes your blood clots, sealing the breach. The platelets in your blood facilitate the healing process through their naturally occurring enzymes and cytokines. In PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is drawn during your visit, which is then processed to extract the platelets. These are injected into the treatment site.
PRP therapy has demonstrated improved benefits over other injections such as steroids or hyaluronic acids. Since the platelets come from your own body, there is little chance of rejection or adverse side effects. Healing happens faster, thanks to your body’s natural abilities rather than artificial chemicals.
During your next visit, ask about PRP therapy if you suffer from knee pain, or any other kind of chronic pain.