Common Joint Pain Issues
Joints are the parts of your body where bone meets bone, such as your elbows, knees, and shoulders, just to name a few.
Joints are key to movement, and we use our joints every day: while walking, typing, lifting, grabbing, and so on. Given that so many activities require moving joints, joint pain can be a nuisance at the very least and utterly debilitating at its worst.
It’s normal to experience some aches and pains in your joints as you age, but if the pain is unbearable, it may be time to consider regenerative medicine as a treatment option.
Causes of Joint Pain
There are many possible causes of joint pain, and some are more serious than others. Some of the more common causes of joint pain may include:
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
How We Treat Joint Pain
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a kind of regenerative medicine that is derived from the patient’s own blood. One of our healthcare professionals will draw a sample of a patient’s blood and separate the components in a centrifuge. We then take the blood’s plasma from the centrifuge and prepare it for the PRP injection.
Plasma is the liquid component of blood that lets blood cells flow through the bloodstream. There are three kinds of blood cells: red and white blood cells and platelets. As the full name for PRP therapy suggests, platelets are its main focus. Platelets are a kind of blood cell that makes blood clot and promote healing and regeneration.
PRP therapy has a higher concentration of platelets than what is usually found in normal blood, and as a result, PRP therapy can help accelerate the healing process once injected into the afflicted area.
The risks related to PRP therapy are low since the contents of the injection come from the patient’s body. This greatly reduces the risks of allergic reactions; however, there are risks from the injection process, such as:
- Nerve damage or injuries
- Tissue damage
- Pain at the site of the injection
Patient Treatment Process
First, we’ll determine if regenerative medicine is the best solution for a patient, based on their pain, needs, and medical history.
When a patient has been approved for treatment, we will schedule an appointment in order to start treatment. Then, we will begin to administer treatment. In most cases, our patients can leave the office without needing any recovery time.
Depending on the severity of a patient’s joint pain and various other factors, treatment may take more than one round.
Schedule an Appointment
If your joint pain is unbearable, we can help ease it. Schedule an appointment at our clinic today!