Imagine not being able to climb stairs without pain. Or even take a walk around the block, or the mall. And you can forget about activities you used to love, like tennis, or golf. That trip of a lifetime to Europe? Well, you may not to be able to get around to see the sights once you are there.
This is what it is like for the 27-million Americans who suffer from Osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis. It’s often called “wear and tear” arthritis, because the cartilage in your knee join wears away. The disease mostly effects people age 50 and over, causing swelling and stiffness, a decrease in mobility, and pain that increases over time.
Often, symptoms get so bad that patients opt for knee replacement surgery. But any surgery comes with risks, and that new knee won’t last forever, meaning you may be in store for even more surgery down the road.
There are things you can do to possibly avoid knee replacement surgery; Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP is one way to treat Osteoarthritis without surgery.
Studies have shown that PRP can be helpful in reducing pain and stiffness and improving knee function in Osteoarthritis patients, as well as slowing the worsening of the condition over time.
A paper published by the National Institute of Health in late April 2016 reported that PRP has been shown to regenerate the cartilage in the knee, and increase natural lubrication by using the body’s own stem cells to help it start healing itself. (To read more about this click here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27109909)
Since the platelets are taken from your own blood, there are little to no side effects associated with PRP. The procedure, done in a doctor’s office, will take less than an hour, and you will generally be back on your feet within a few days.
Before you go into risky surgery to treat the knee pain and reduced mobility associated with Osteoarthritis, know your options. To find a doctor in Atlanta who treats patients with PRP therapy just click here: http://beforesurgery.com/find-a-provider/