How PRP Injections Can Help Your Joint Pain

Joint pain can happen due to numerous causes. Trauma from an injury can result in ongoing joint pain, for example. One of the most common causes of joint pain is arthritis. Although there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis, all of them affect the joints. 

Dr. Arash A. Dini and our staff understand that joint pain can prevent you from living an active, happy, and healthy life. We know that chronic pain can be debilitating and can even lead to problems like depression. But, there are treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections that can help you overcome your chronic joint pain and move more comfortably again. 

The power of platelets

Your blood is made up of different sorts of cells, and can be separated into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, as well as plasma. Plasma contains liquid, proteins, and other components.

Whenever you’re injured, your body’s immune response goes into action, and that includes sending platelets to help repair the damage. So, if you cut your foot, your body sends platelets to help clot your blood and provide other healing substances. Your body’s ability to heal is amazing! 

PRP: A natural healing serum

When you have PRP injections, the first step is having a small amount of blood drawn. Your blood is then processed in a centrifuge, so that it separates into its component parts. We take the plasma and platelets, which are packed with growth factors and other proteins, and mix them together to create a concentrated serum. 

That serum is then injected precisely where you need it, and it goes to work helping the damaged tissue of your joints begin to repair. 

What to expect

You may not immediately feel better following a PRP injection. In fact, you may need a series of injections. Dr. Dini provides a plan tailored specifically to your needs prior to beginning treatment. 

It may take a few days for your PRP injection to begin showing results. After all, even a paper cut doesn’t usually heal overnight. The damage causing joint pain is likely considerably more extensive than a paper cut. 

You may have some swelling and inflammation for a day or two following your injection. That’s a normal part of your body’s healing response. Within a week or two, you are likely to begin noticing a positive difference. 

Often, Dr. Dini recommends other treatments, such as physical therapy, along with PRP injections, but your treatment plan depends on your situation. 

If you’d like to learn more about PRP injections or find out if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment in one of our offices in Los Angeles or Encino, California. We’re also happy to answer your questions.

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