The Power of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Boosting Joint Health

Your joints are where two or more bones meet. Although some joints are fixed, like the joints in your skull, most joints in your body bend, rotate, and twist so that you can walk, lift, and type.

Any injury or damage to your joint affects these functions and may serve as a source of pain and disability. At Total Health Solutions in Milton, Georgia, the skilled integrative health care team understands how joint pain affects your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Dedicated to providing treatments that support your body’s natural healing processes, the team offers regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for boosting joint health. 

Your body’s natural healing powers

Though your body has everything it needs to ease the pain of your arthritis or heal your sports injury, the healing properties in your body may not always get to the joints that need them. 

PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that taps into your body’s natural healing powers. When you have an injury, your body mobilizes the platelets in your blood to start the healing process.

Though platelets are best known for their ability to stop cuts from bleeding, they also contain growth factors and specialized cells that stimulate cell growth to repair the damaged tissue. 

PRP, which we make from a sample of your own blood, contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells.  

PRP for joint health

Your joints are designed to support your body’s mobility and flexibility. However, the structure and function of your joints also make them very susceptible to injury and damage. One misstep can lead to an ankle sprain or a fall that causes a rotator cuff tear in your shoulder. 

Arthritis is also a common cause of joint pain and may develop after an injury or from general wear and tear that occurs with age (a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis). And the cartilage that cushions your joints doesn’t have its own blood supply, so when it’s damaged from arthritis, the healing resources aren’t readily available.

Though joint problems have many causes, PRP serves as a solution. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes that PRP may be effective for helping joint conditions such as tendon injuries, strains, and sprains.

PRP also boosts joint health for those suffering from osteoarthritis. A March 2018 study published in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine found that PRP decreased inflammation in patients with knee osteoarthritis. 

The healing properties in PRP support the growth of new cells, which may improve the healing and function of your joint, as well as reduce pain. 

Treating your joints with PRP

Once we’ve determined PRP makes a good choice for boosting your joint health, the process is fairly straightforward. First, our medical specialist trained in regenerative medicine draws a sample of blood from your arm and uses it to create your PRP.

Then, the medical specialist injects the PRP directly into your diseased or damaged joint. The entire process takes about 30 minutes and requires no downtime afterward. However, we may suggest some activity modifications based on your diagnosis. 

The healing properties in the PRP take time to work. But you may start to notice an improvement in joint health within 2-3 weeks after your injection. Depending on your diagnosis, you may benefit from more than one round of PRP injections.

With PRP, we provide your joints with healing properties needed to improve their health and function. To learn more about regenerative medicine and how it can help you, contact us by phone or through the online booking tool today. 

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