Osteoarthritis (OA) was the second most expensive condition treated in US hospitals, accounting for more than $16.5 billion in hospital costs in 2013. For the more than 30 million adults suffering from OA, “surgery” is probably the most dreaded word. Many worry about the extensive recovery periods involved, the potential for medication dependency, and the high costs. Moreover, even after incurring the high financial burdens of surgery, patients typically experience only minimal improvement in their conditions. For these patients, Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP therapy may provide a compelling, minimally-invasive alternative over traditional treatments.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP therapy is created by collecting roughly 30 milliliters (mL) of the patient’s blood, which contains plasma, red blood cells, and white blood cells. The blood sample is then placed in a carefully calibrated centrifuge, which separates and concentrates the amount of plasma. This is then administered back into the patient, near the affected joint or tissue.
The concentrated plasma is rich in platelets (hence the “R” in PRP), with a quantity at least two times greater than whole blood. This abundance of these cells is essential in repairing the damaged cartilage, ligaments, and muscles.
PRP therapy harnesses the natural healing properties of blood to rejuvenate the body, without the introduction of foreign substances. The growth factors in the reinserted plasma stimulate cell growth, which in turn helps repair damaged cartilage, ligaments, and muscles. In contrast to surgery – which typically requires weeks or months of recovery – PRP therapy is a relatively smooth procedure.
Patients typically feel minor soreness at the point of injection for two to three weeks. Our clinical team schedules routine touchpoints via phone to monitor progress, and address any concerns that patients may have. Whether their goals are getting back to playing sports or improving their overall mobility, patients are typically able to return to their routine with minimal disruption.
Want to Get Started?
Are you ready for a less painful, more natural alternative to invasive orthopedic surgery? Call our office in Glenview, Illinois at (847) 750-4307 to learn more. GIOSTAR looks forward to speaking with you in greater detail about our therapies, backed by more than twenty years of research in regenerative medicine.