If you suffer from chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis, you may have tried various treatments to find relief. While there is no cure for knee osteoarthritis, new research shows that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections help significantly reduce pain and improve mobility.
Recent studies have found that PRP injections led to greater pain relief and improved quality of life compared to hyaluronic acid injections or placebo in patients with knee osteoarthritis. PRP injections involve drawing a patient's own blood, separating the platelet-rich plasma from the blood, and injecting it into the knee joint. The platelets contain growth factors that may help reduce inflammation, promote healing, and stimulate tissue regeneration.
Multiple studies found that PRP injections reduced pain and improved function for 6-9 months and permanently in some cases. While the effects in some may be temporary, repeat injections were found to be safe and effective. Many doctors and patients report noticeable improvements in pain, mobility, and range of motion.
If you have tried other treatments like physical therapy, medication, or steroid injections without success, PRP is worth discussing. As with any medical procedure, there are some risks to consider, but PRP is considered very safe since it uses your own blood. For many patients suffering from chronic knee pain, PRP injections may provide a natural solution for long-lasting relief and improved quality of life.
Wondering if you’re a candidate for PRP injections? To find out more, schedule a free introductory call.