Learn How PRP Injections Are Revolutionizing How We Treat Joint Pain

There are 15 million adults in the United States who are plagued by severe joint pain because of arthritis, and this is but one condition that can affect your joints. From injuries to fibromyalgia, joint pain is a common complaint, and the problem is only going to get worse as our population ages. Thankfully, we can greet the new demand with regenerative solutions that are revolutionizing the way we treat joint pain, namely platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

At our practice, with orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Arash Dini at the helm, our goal is to offer the latest therapies to our patients to help them overcome painful and limiting musculoskeletal problems. Among the many conditions we treat, joint pain is near the top when it comes to life-altering problems.

To answer the call, here’s a look at how PRP injections are revolutionizing the way we treat joint pain.

The power within

Your blood contains four main ingredients: white blood cells, red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Your platelets are best known for their clotting abilities, but what many people don’t realize is that platelets also contain powerful growth factors that encourage healing.

Let’s take a simple cut on your finger, for example. After you cut yourself, your platelets immediately swoop in to staunch any bleeding so that your body can get to work on rebuilding and repairing the tissues. With their primary job completed, your platelets then release growth factors, which act as a call to action, signaling your body to send in additional resources, such as stem cells.

All of these resources come together to tackle any inflammation and begin repairing your cut from the inside out.

With PRP therapy, we’re tapping this powerful call to action and redirecting it to where you need it most — in your painful joints.

Tackling your joints

The articulating joints (ones that move) in your body are especially vulnerable to pain, which can come on the heels of an injury, general wear and tear, or degenerative diseases like arthritis. In many of these cases, the problem doesn’t lie in the bones of the joint, but in the soft tissues, such as your ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage.

While we can repair tendons, ligaments, and muscles, there’s not much we can do to help with cartilage since your body doesn’t readily renew this resource. This is one of the reasons why PRP therapy is a game-changer, because we’re finally able to help rebuild this valuable substance to promote smoother function in your joints.

Creating your PRP

Another advantage of this cutting-edge therapy is that we use your body’s own resources. First, we draw some of your blood and place it in a centrifuge to isolate your platelets. By doing this, we create a concentrate that’s 5-10 times more powerful than your normal blood. We then take this concentrate, mix it back in with a small amount of your plasma, and use ultrasound imaging for guidance as we inject the PRP into your painful joint.

Once we inject the PRP, your platelets set to work by calling in more growth factors and stem cells to help rebuild healthier tissue.  

If you’d like to explore further how PRP injections can help relieve your joint pain, call one of our offices in the Encino and Mid-Wilshire areas of Los Angeles. Or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.

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