How PRP Injections Help With Joint Pain

Joint pain can have a variety of causes, such as overuse, an injury, or medical conditions like arthritis. Whether it’s mild or severe, joint pain can interfere with your day and restrict movement.

At Orthopedic & Wellness Center, Drs. Ojedapo Ojeyemi and Matthew Roh specialize in treating joint pain with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. 

Joint pain causes

The most common causes of joint pain include:

Arthritis does its damage by breaking down cartilage, the tissue that helps cushion your joints, leading to friction and pain when bones rub together. Arthritis can also cause inflammation in your joint lining. 

PRP injections promote new cartilage development

PRP can help your body recover from tissue damage more quickly. It uses blood platelets from your own body to promote natural healing. You probably first heard about platelets for their ability to get your blood to clot when you have a cut in your skin. But did you know that they also release proteins called growth factors that help rebuild injured tissue? 

PRP injections contain a higher concentration of platelets and growth factors than naturally occurs in your blood. One of our providers at Orthopedic & Wellness Center takes a sample of your blood and separates the platelets. Then we inject the platelet-enriched solution into your affected joint, and tissue repair gets a boost.

Lessen inflammation and improve joint function

Besides rebuilding damaged tissue, PRP injections also reduce inflammation and pain, and stimulate joint lubrication. This lubrication eases joints’ stiffness and restores more of their overall function.

One study gave PRP injections to patients with osteoarthritis in their knees. After six weeks, each patient had less pain and stiffness, and better knee function. 

How to lessen joint pain

Whether your joint pain is from arthritis, a sports injury, or one of the many other possible causes, you can find relief from PRP treatment. When you visit one of our offices, located in Frederick, Waldorf, and Germantown, Maryland, one of our providers performs a thorough exam to pinpoint the origin of your joint pain.

Once we find the cause, we start building your PRP treatment plan. Your joint health might improve with only one PRP injection. But if your pain is from a degenerative condition like arthritis, additional injections can slow the progression.

You can learn more about PRP injections when you visit Orthopedic & Wellness Center. Give us a call, send us a message here on our website, or use the convenient online booking feature.

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