Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Knee Pain
If you are one of the many millions of active people who endure troublesome knee pain, there is a medical approach that has the potential to bring long-lasting relief in a short time frame. It’s called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment. PRP is a regenerative, effective way to eliminate the pain without expensive, complex surgeries.
Our Doctors specialize in PRP treatment for the knee. We work to get your knee back to its optimum level of function without pain. The fundamental goal is to help you resume the active lifestyle you had before knee pain became an issue.
How PRP Alleviates Knee Pain and Reduces Recovery Time
Human blood features some rather remarkable, built-in healing properties. Tiny structures in blood, alongside red and white cells, are platelets. Platelets that cause your blood to clot when your skin is cut. They do something far more essential: platelets have the ability to release a powerful group of Growth Factors after an injury. Damaged tissue and injured cells are capable of rebuilding themselves to their full aptitude.
We use PRP to isolate all the beneficial capabilities of your blood’s platelets. By removing and separating blood plasma that contains huge concentrations of platelets, PRP treatment is able to promote rapid healing, decrease localized inflammation and reestablish functional ability to the knee. The fundamental process of PRP is injecting your own blood’s platelets into the injured areas around your knee.
Diagnosing Your Primary Source of Pain
Knee pain can be complicated and is occasionally difficult to diagnose. That’s because there are various symptoms and underlying causes. In addition to generalized pain in the knee and its surrounding areas, many active and athletic people experience symptoms that include:
- Knee instability.
- Swelling in the affected area.
- Joint stiffness in the entire knee.
- Popping sounds and clicks when the knee is moved.
- Inability to move the knee of straighten it.
- Widespread redness of the skin in the knee and surrounding area.
There are dozens of injuries and specific conditions that can cause serious knee pain in active individuals. Common causes of knee pain include:
- A Torn Meniscus.
- Baker’s Cyst.
- Chronic or acute pain in the patella.
- An MCL sprain or an injury to the ACL.
- Diseased cartilage.
- Arthritis of the joint.
- Kneecap dislocation.
- Syndrome of the ITB (Ilio-tibial Band).
After the examination, our team will solidify their assessment by performing one or more imaging tests. Typically, imaging includes ultrasound procedures applied directly to your knee to produce a “live image” that reveals joint swelling and a wide range of information about the soft tissues surrounding the knee. In some cases, especially when a serious injury is discovered, we’ll order an MRI to confirm our diagnosis.
Which Knee Injuries and Conditions Does PRP Treat
PRP provides relief for a vast array of injuries and conditions, not just to the knee but to numerous areas of the body; however, for those whose specific complaints involve the knee, some of the more common conditions that PRP can effectively work for include Muscle Injuries, Common Bursitis, multiple types of Osteoarthritis, Muscle Tears, Tendinosis, Tendinitis, Tendon Tears, and more.
PRP Case Study of the Knee
One of our recent patients was a man in his mid-50s who was an active athlete. He frequently competed in sporting events at the senior level, including various track and field meets. When he came to our office, he complained of intense knee pain that he believed was caused by Arthritis.
He had already tried to get relief with cortisone injections from his regular doctor, as well as with anti-inflammatory drugs and even Arthroscopic Surgery. After all that, his pain continued to bother him during light jogging sessions and occasionally afterward. He visited our office to identify the primary cause of his pain and hopefully eliminate it once and for all with PRP treatment, which he had read about on a health website.
Our team conducted a complete physical exam in addition to an ultrasound of the musculoskeletal areas where he was experiencing pain. We discovered several abnormalities in the knee area. In addition to his existing Arthritis, these abnormalities were the source of much of the pain he had during his daily jogs.
We administered a short series of PRP injections to several areas around the patient’s knee, particularly to the patellar tendon, knee joint, medial meniscus and pes anserine (knee tendon) bursa.
A week after the PRP injections, the patient was completely pain free and had a full range of motion in both knees and both ankles. Furthermore, he was able to jog daily pain-free. A follow-up visit several months later enabled our team to help the patient deal with a tear he had in his rotator cuff. In a short amount of time, the tear was fully healed and he no longer experienced any pain, Arthritis-related or otherwise, in or around his rotator cuff.
Is PRP Right for You?
It’s clear that PRP is one of the most promising new treatments for people who experience knee pain. This relatively new procedure has already delivered positive results to thousands all over the world. When you visit our office for a PRP consultation, we will carefully review your prior symptoms and entire medical history. Our Knee Specialists will help you determine if PRP is the best way to achieve long-term relief for your specific condition.