According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 58.5 million people in America are living with arthritis – a chronic condition that affects one or more joints of the body.
Arthritis is marked by pain and stiffness of joints that can limit your mobility and cut back on your daily activities.
Even though there are many conventional treatments available for arthritis,these treatments sometimes fall short of providing arthritis pain relief and improving how well you feel and function. The good news is that there is an innovative, drug-free, all-natural therapy for arthritis pain relief called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
What is PRP Therapy
PRP therapy, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, is one of the most popular, innovative, and regenerative medicine treatments nowadays. Since PRP therapy works by harnessing the body’s own healing power, it is favored by many orthopedists, sports medicine physicians, and many other doctors for the treatment of many injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
PRP therapy involves the administration of platelet (a type of blood cell) and plasma (a liquid portion of blood) in the form of injection in the desired area. The specialized growth factors and proteins present in the PRP injections help the damaged tissues of the body regenerate themselves.
Advantages of PRP Therapy
PRP therapy offers a myriad of benefits to patients living with arthritis as well as other conditions like tendon injuries, hair loss, and post-surgical recovery.
Although it’s still unknown how PRP therapy alleviates symptoms of certain orthopedic conditions like arthritis and orthopedic injuries, doctors often use PRP to treat osteoarthritis.
For arthritis, PRP (along with nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy) is considered a new way to achieve long-lasting pain relief. It reduces arthritis pain by altering the patient’s pain receptors and reducing pain sensations.
PRP inhibits inflammation of the joint and slows down the progression of osteoarthritis.Surprisingly, it also stimulates the formation of new cartilage in the joint and increases the production of natural lubricants in the joints.
What’s more? PRP is autologous, which means it is taken from your own body; therefore, it is safe. The platelet and plasma used during the therapy also carry fewer or no risks, unlike other arthritis treatments such as medications.
Plus, compared to other treatments for arthritis pain, such as surgery, PRP is less expensive and has none of the complications associated with a surgical procedure.
PRP Therapy for Arthritis Pain at NIVA Health
If you are looking for a drug-free, all-natural approach to treating arthritis, look no further. At NIVA Health, we have a team of providers that will thoroughly evaluate your joint condition and determine your candidacy for PRP therapy. They will also explain how PRP therapy will benefit your joint pain or orthopedic injury.