Learn How PRP Injections Are Revolutionizing How We Treat Joint Pain

Do you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning thanks to stiff joints? Or perhaps your joints ache after activity, sending you to that bottle of anti-inflammatory medication? You’re not alone — the prevalence of arthritic joint pain in America currently stands at more than 52 million people, and this number is expected to reach 67 million by 2030.

At Magnolia Medical Center, our medical team understands the widespread impact that joint pain can have on your quality of life, as it places serious limitations on your mobility. To fight back, we offer innovative regenerative therapies like PRP injections, which help you to heal rather than just treat the symptoms.

Here’s a look at how PRP injections are revolutionizing the way we approach and resolve joint pain.

Behind those aching joints

By their very nature, your joints work hard day in and day out, providing support, mobility, and range of motion. This leaves them vulnerable to injury as well as degenerative processes, including:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Cartilage damage
  • Arthritis

Far and away, the leading cause of joint pain is arthritis, which is a catch-all term for more than 100 different diseases that cause pain and inflammation in your joints. At the head of this list is osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disease in which the cartilage inside your joints breaks down, leaving your bones to rub together unprotected.

Unfortunately, treating this form of arthritis is difficult since your cartilage lacks vasculature, which means it doesn’t have the resources to repair and rebuild itself properly. That’s where regenerative medicine comes in.

The power of platelets

Your blood contains four main ingredients:

  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Plasma
  • Platelets

The platelets in your blood are tasked with clotting, but their role in healing doesn’t stop there. Your platelets also contain powerful growth factors that aid in repairing and rebuilding damaged tissue. After your platelets stem the flow of blood, they release these growth factors to create the ultimate healing environment, calling in other resources, such as your body’s own stem cells, to help with the effort.

To access the healing power of your platelets, we draw a sample of your blood and isolate your platelets in a special centrifuge. We then take this concentrate, mix it back in with a small amount of your plasma, and inject this PRP directly into your damaged tissue.

With this boost in resources, we’re able to help reduce the inflammation in your joints and encourage repair. Because we use your own platelets, your body readily accepts the PRP injections, which means we can use this therapy in most any joint that’s giving you trouble.

If you’d like to find much-needed relief from joint pain, contact our office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to learn more about PRP injections.

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