24 May Arthritis Pain? Escape the Cortisone Problem with PRP Injections
Osteoarthritis is a serious health condition and one that stems from general wear and tear of the joints. It affects many joints of the body, but, especially the knees and pain can become chronic. There is also likely to be severe stiffness of the joint. This condition affects over 20-million people in the US alone, and it reduces the quality of life by making even small daily tasks a problem.
The main treatment to combat pain in affected knee joints has always been cortisone steroid injections. Cortisone does work and is still used today but, it does carry some risks attached, especially if used on a regular basis. Cortisone does not cure arthritis. It merely helps with the management of pain. If you have this condition or, know someone who does, then, you’ll understand just how painful and debilitating it is.
Cortisone steroid injections help by reducing inflammation around the knee joint. This, in turn, creates a reduction in pain. It works for most people but, there are risks. Increasing evidence appears to be building for the case against the regular use of cortisone as it may deteriorate cartilage which is already damaged. However, this has not yet been proven. It is also possible that cortisone could enter the bloodstream and cause other issues.
So, the solution is PRP injections.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy helps to activate growth and stem cells within your damaged tissue. It is extremely successful and, a blood sample is taken and then, broken down into its components. One part is used to help the knee joint. This is a non-surgical treatment and it stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments can all be encouraged to heal from this method of introducing concentrated rich plasma to the damaged area.
The main benefits of PRP injections:
- Quicker healing periods
- Proven pain relief
- None-invasive, so no scarring
- An increase in growth of veins and bone
PRP does not just mask the pain (as would a cortisone injection) but, it promotes healing by stimulating regeneration in the cartilage and lubricating fluids. Not only this but it is highly effective in repairing other areas that cortisone alone could not help with.
Patients often report pain relief and better mobility within just a few short weeks from treatment.
Unfortunately, PRP is not yet covered by insurance although as it is widely used now, there is the possibility that this might change. The cost varies from state to state but on average, between $500 to a $1000 may be expected. However, if you consider the pain and restrictions without treatment, what price do you put on pain relief and potential healing?
To find out more about this remarkable treatment that helps the body to regenerate, why not take a look at this short video from the Arizona Pain Center which explains the process and other available treatments in more detail. Modern medicine is moving forward at a rapid rate, and there is no need to suffer in the same way those past generations did. Today, we have choices.