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Understanding PRP Therapy for Arthritis

Suffering from nagging joint pain but not ready for surgery? Explore non-surgical options with injections. Injections using a combination of hyaluronic acid and steroids are widely acceptable today. However, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recent research shows they do not reduce pain or improve joint function in many cases2 Today, more research is being dedicated to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections as an emerging regenerative treatment option for joint pain.

PRP Therapy is a non pharmacological injection that contains large amounts of platelet and plasma from the patient’s blood. Platelet and plasma are the two large components in the bloodstream that produce proteins that help with the healing process. The blood is spun to extract the platelet and separate it. Research finding cannot pinpoint exactly how PRP works, with laboratory studies showing that the concentration of growth factors in PRP can help the healing process.1

PRP treatments help regenerate healing and show significant effects from osteoarthritis in the knee for mild and moderate cases. There is more research to be done in this emerging field with much promise. Current research already supports benefits of PRP therapy for tennis elbow, chronic tendon injuries and acute muscle and ligament injuries.1

The Oklahoma Joint Reconstruction Institute is dedicated to improving mobility for all patients, by keeping up with the latest medical research and technology, including non surgical options. If you or a loved one is not quite ready for surgery, PRP may offer some needed relief for your joint pain.

AUTHOR: Dr. Paul Jacob is a certified master surgeon in joint replacement and robotic joint replacement of the hip and knee in Oklahoma City. Dr. Jacob is recognized as one of the Top 3 Orthopedic Surgeons in Oklahoma, who has performed over 5000 robotic joint replacement procedures. Dr. Jacob is active in numerous research studies on joint replacement technology and robotic outcomes.


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