A knee is the largest joint in our body. The thighbone and the shinbone meet at the knee joint. It allows the bones to move freely but within limits. PRP for Osteoarthritis is the progressive condition that slowly wears away joint cartilage. PRP Injection Therapy is a cost-effective and non-surgical health program, which is designed to rebuild cartilage, repair torn meniscus, and ligaments, and reduce swelling or pain. At Equinox Integrative Wellness Center, it works by stimulating the natural immune repair mechanisms and supplying the building blocks necessary to build tissue.
The Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis:
- Bone spurs
- Loss of flexibility
- Grating sensation
- Clicking or cracking sound when a joint bends
The Causes of Knee Osteoarthritis:
- Older age
- Joint injuries
- Bone deformities
How Does PRP Therapy Work For Knee Osteoarthritis?
Any joint in your body can be damaged by Osteoarthritis; this disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips, and spine. Equinox Integrative Wellness Center has the perfect solution for these issues – “Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy”, which makes it possible to heal painful knee injuries by using a person’s own blood to stimulate growth in injured tissues. Thus making PRP for Osteoarthritis a plausible solution.
Platelets are one of three types of cells in our bloodstream, along with red and white blood cells. Red cells carry oxygen and carbon dioxide; white cells combat, and platelets enable clotting and promote healing of injured body tissues. For an instance, when you cut your finger, platelets are the cells that make it possible to stop the bleeding, block the cut, and allow your body the chance to close the cut.
A Step-by-Step Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Process:
Step 1. Blood (30-60 ml) is drawn from patient’s arm
Step 2. Then it is processed using a centrifuge machine. This action physically separates the solid and liquid parts of the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma
Step 3. The resulting 3-6 ml of platelet-rich plasma will be collected in a syringe, to be administered immediately
Step 4. The PRP injection is injected into the joint capsule or other location