KNEE

Did You Know… An injection of PRP from your own blood can be used to treat many painful conditions of the knee joint and of the surrounding ligaments and tendons. Whether you suffer from arthritis, degenerative joint disease, a meniscal tear or jumper’s knee, PRP may be a viable treatment option. Learn more about non-surgical PRP treatments, as well as the benefits of PRP in knee surgery.

Is PRP right for me?

Knee pain affects millions of people and can be a debilitating and costly health issue. When left untreated, conditions of the knee can lead to permanent damage, expensive injection regimens and extended time away from work, exercise and your daily routine. Some conditions may ultimately require total knee replacement surgery.

PRP may be an effective treatment option if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscal tears
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • General knee pain and stiffness

PRP and stem cell treatments have been shown to provide general stimulation for repair and regeneration and are becoming more widely used to treat various injuries and conditions of the knee.

How does PRP work?

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is an autologous blood therapy that uses a patient’s own blood to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. The body’s normal healing processes are dependent upon blood flow. Whether an open cut or a micro tear in a tendon, the body signals for and recruits platelets to the area of injury, releasing growth factors and stem cells to initiate healing and regeneration.

Today’s technology allows us to sequester and concentrate platelets from your blood and initiate that same healing process, in an accelerated fashion, by increasing the baseline concentration of platelets by four to seven times. PRP delivers a powerful dose of growth factors to the injury site and dramatically enhances the healing process.

If surgery is required, PRP can be used to:

  • Reduce inflammation and bruising
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce risk of infection
  • Reduce scarring

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Platelet Gel in TKA?

Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) is commonly performed to replace a damaged or diseased knee joint. The post-op recovery period and physical therapy can be painful and lengthy following such an extensive surgical procedure. In many studies, and our experience, application of PRP in a platelet gel is shown to improve outcomes following TKA.

Patients generally experience:

  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced pain and need for narcotics
  • Reduced post-operative blood loss
  • Reduced need for transfusion
  • Shortened hospital stay

Ask your surgeon about Autotransfusion and PRP for your upcoming surgery.