PRP Knee Injections

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PRP Knee Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a type of treatment that uses a patient’s own blood to create a concentrated solution of platelets, which are cells that are involved in the healing process. PRP injections are often used to treat knee pain, especially in cases where other treatments, such as medications or physical therapy, have not been effective.

PRP injections are typically used to treat conditions that affect the tendons, ligaments, and muscles around the knee, such as tendonitis, ligament sprains, and muscle strains. They may also be used to treat conditions that affect the cartilage in the knee, such as osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in a joint. When the cartilage wears down, the bones can rub together, causing pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the joint.

To create the PRP solution, a healthcare provider takes a small sample of the patient’s blood and processes it in a special machine to concentrate the platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the affected area, usually using a needle guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy (a special type of x-ray).

PRP injections are thought to work by stimulating the repair of damaged tissue and promoting the growth of new tissue. They are typically given as a series of injections, spaced several weeks apart. Most patients experience some improvement in their symptoms after receiving PRP injections, although the long-term effects of the treatment are not yet fully understood.

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