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Why PRP is a Boon for Arthritis Sufferers

Did you know that at least 54 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis? If you’re one of them and want to avoid pain medications or surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may hold the key to restoring your mobility.

At Balance Wellspace in Roanoke, Virginia, our experienced care providers believe the best solutions to your body’s problems don’t simply mask your symptoms or cause major disruptions in your life. Instead, we believe in the power of regenerative medicine and how it harnesses the amazing power of your own body to help you heal. The team in our Denver, Colorado, office agrees. 

That’s why we’re proud to offer platelet-rich plasma therapy to both our Virginia and Colorado patients. This innovative therapy has proved extremely effective at helping our arthritic patients stay active and free from pain. 

Read on to learn why PRP is a boon for arthritis sufferers.

What are platelets?

Found in your blood, platelets are the disc-shaped cells that help with clotting. When your body is cut or injured, platelets rush to the scene and bind to your blood vessels using their tentacle-like grasp to prevent blood flow. 

Platelets also have powerful growth factors that activate once any bleeding is staunched. These amazing proteins support a number of key functions, including:

This healthy healing environment is extremely important since the growth factors can’t operate in isolation. They need the support of other resources in your body, like stem cells, to heal injuries and damage. Platelets help ensure your body gets what it needs.  

What is PRP therapy?

PRP therapy uses the platelets inside your blood to promote healing and boost new cell production. During a PRP therapy session, we draw a small amount of your blood and place it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, then we create the platelet-rich plasma.

We inject the highly concentrated platelet solution into your arthritic joints to promote new cell growth. Since we use your own blood, there are few risks, but you may experience irritation or soreness at the injection site and mild discomfort. 

PRP therapy sessions don’t take much time, usually about 30 minutes. And you can get back to your daily activities right away, because there’s no recovery time required.

How does PRP therapy help arthritis sufferers?

Cutting-edge PRP therapy helps arthritis sufferers by tapping into your body’s natural healing process instead of relying on pain medications, injections, or surgery. When used in conjunction with traditional therapies for arthritis, like prescriptive exercise, the results are even better. 

Once injected, the growth factors in PRP immediately work to reduce the inflammation, which helps reduce your pain and discomfort right away. It also makes getting back to your daily life easier and helps with any mobility issues starting on day one. 

As your affected joints become less swollen, the platelets can start repairing damage on a cellular level. This means you can expect your results to last. Most of our patients experience full results in about 8-12 weeks, though it may take more or less time depending on your unique situation.

To learn more about PRP therapy and how it can help alleviate joint pain and restore your mobility, contact our Balance Wellspace locations in Roanoke, Virginia, or Denver, Colorado, or request an appointment online now.

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