Individuals suffering from arthritis and knee pain can now come to Premier Clinic to enjoy Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment. PRP treatment for knee arthritis makes use of the natural healing properties of blood in order to repair damage tendons, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and even bones.
Although not usually considered a standard treatment for addressing the issue, PRP treatment for knee arthritis is being chosen by more and more patients to treat orthopaedic conditions. PRP for arthritis is the most commonly used treatment, but it is possible for PRP to address problems in other joints as well.
How it works
PRP treatment for knee arthritis is a procedure that is based in the clinic, with a little blood extracted from the patient’s own body. The blood is then separated and prepared in a centrifuge using a special machine, isolating the blood cells, platelets and serum from one another into individual components. This is then re-injected into the knee to minimise pain and alleviate any discomfort due to knee arthritis.
The components’ composition will vary from patient to patient and the amount will be carefully considered by your doctor. This is due to the fact that blood composition is different for each person, meaning there are several factors to be considered. Furthermore, your doctor may decide that it is necessary to use some additives in the injection to augment its effectiveness, which can enhance the healing properties of PRP treatment.
Platelets in PRP treatment act to secrete growth factors and proteins, which helps to increase the rate of tissue regeneration, oversee cell division and promotes overall healing. As a separate entity, platelets do not actually have healing properties of its own.
The plasma is water-based, but as the liquid platform that transports red and white blood cells, it also carries nutrients like antibodies, proteins, glucose and several other components that can assist in the repairing and healing process.
PRP treatment for knee arthritis has also been demonstrated to be more effective than hyaluronic acid treatment, with two sets of patients studied using both treatments. In the majority of cases, patients will notice the effects and improvements to their knees and joints after two to four weeks following PRP treatment.
A noticeable improvement to your joint function should be apparent, while there should also be a reduction in the amount of pain. In addition, cartilage damage may also be delayed or repaired depending on your particular condition. If there was inflammation, it should also begin to subside and there should be an overall delay in the onset of osteoarthritis. PRP treatment for knees can also increase the amount of lubrication of fluids in the joint, which may alleviate pain caused due to joint friction.
Note that platelet rich plasma for arthritis may not be a suitable treatment for you if you are suffering from selected medical conditions such as active infections or some skin diseases. Pregnant and anaemic individuals are also strongly advised not to undergo PRP treatment for knees. Do get in touch with our team at Premier Clinic to schedule a consultation sessions with our highly experienced doctors to discuss your arthritis and to see if the PRP treatment is suitable for you.