Platelet rich plasma therapy, or PRP, uses a concentrated form of the body's own plasma to encourage
healing. Your plasma contains platelets that are high in a group of proteins
called growth factor that are essential for healing. For PRP, doctors
draw blood, isolate the platelets and increase the concentrate of them
using a system called centrifugation. This concentrated mix of platelets
is then added to the remaining plasma and re-injected into the site of
the injury. Orthopedic doctors in Marietta are using PRP to address a
wide range of pain issues, including knee arthritis.
The use of PRP for knee arthritis is a new field, but initial research
is promising. Your orthopedic doctor can place a PRP injection into the
knee where the worst damage from your arthritis is located to help heal
the injured areas. Like all PRP patients, you may experience an initial
worsening of the pain for a week or two as healing begins, but then pain
should improve. Your orthopedic doctor can determine if you're likely
to get results from PRP and how many treatments you'll need.