Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP therapy is a cost-effective knee pain treatment alternative to knee surgery. It can help to repair cartilage and torn ligaments and relieve pain and inflammation.
The blood is made up of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Out of these, the platelets are the earliest to aid injury repair, rebuild new tissues, apart from clotting the blood. Since platelets play are important in repairing the damaged tissues, adding a high concentration of platelets right into to the injured area can stimulate the natural healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy involves injecting a high concentration of autologous (platelets from your own blood) to the arthritic knee.
Since knee arthritis involves wearing out of the cushioning cartilage in the knee joint, PPR therapy can initiate and trigger its repair, resulting in rebuilding damaged tissue and pain relief.
In addition, there is no risk of adverse events, since the PRP has been derived from the patients’ own blood. The entire procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. There is no downtime as the patient can return to work or other activities, except when otherwise advised by the doctor. The biggest advantage of the PRP treatment is that it is a non-pharmacological, non-surgical approach that uses the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat the underlying condition.