May is arthritis awareness month. Arthritis affects nearly 60 million American adults and is one of the leading causes of workplace disability claims, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There are many types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. Depending on the severity, osteoarthritis can cause painful and debilitating joint pain and damage.
At Vital Clinic and Spa, Dr. Harmanpreet Buttar and our team offer treatment for muscle and joint problems at our office in Cypress, Texas.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Platelets play a critical role in functions like blood clotting and wound healing.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy consists of a highly concentrated plasma injection into the joint to help alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms like pain, stiffness, and swelling.
PRP is prepared by taking a small sample of your blood and running it through a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
The idea behind PRP therapy is that the high concentration of platelets in the injected plasma can help to accelerate the healing process and reduce inflammation.
Can PRP alleviate osteoarthritis-related joint pain?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been studied as a potential treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) related joint pain because the growth factors and other substances can promote tissue healing and reduce inflammation.
Some studies have shown that PRP injections can provide pain relief and improve function in patients with OA-related joint pain, particularly in the knee. However, every person is different, and more research is needed to fully understand the effectiveness of PRP for treating osteoarthritis and other joint injuries and conditions.
PRP isn’t a cure for OA, but it may provide some relief from symptoms. Dr. Buttar and our team will perform a comprehensive exam and medical history and recommend the best treatment option for your needs.
Other treatments for osteoarthritis
In addition to PRP, there are several treatments available to help manage your OA symptoms. Some of the most common types of treatment for OA include:
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce pain and inflammation. Prescription medications, such as corticosteroids or opioids, may also be used for severe pain.
Physical therapy can help to improve joint flexibility, strength, and range of motion. It can also reduce pain and improve overall mobility.
Losing weight can help reduce the pressure on joints and improve symptoms.
Devices like braces, splints, and orthotics can help support and stabilize joints, reducing pain and improving mobility.
For significant cases of OA, joint replacement surgery may be necessary to replace the damaged joint.
For more information about osteoarthritis treatment and to learn more about PRP therapy, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Cypress, Texas.