PRP for Joint Pain
(PRP Therapy) in Santa Monica, CA
If you have been taking prescription medication to help ease your joint pain without much success, it is because corticosteroids and painkillers only treat the symptoms instead of the underlying problem. As a result, the pain relief is often temporary and accompanied by harsh side effects.
PRP injections, on the other hand, help to not only reduce debilitating pain, but also improve joint function in the long run. In fact, many studies have found PRP to be an effective treatment for torn muscles and ligaments, damaged joint cartilage, and different forms of arthritis, including knee osteoarthritis.
How Does PRP Work?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment for chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain or injury. The doctor draws a small amount of your own blood, spins it through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets, and then injects the platelet-rich plasma (containing 3-10 times more platelets than normal blood) into the injured area of your cartilage or tendon.
Platelets contain a large number of proteins known as “growth factors” that enable injured tissues to regenerate faster on their own, accelerating the normal healing process. With PRP therapy, you can:
- Repair torn cartilage that cushions your joints
- Repair torn tendons and relieve pain
- Replace the synovial liquid and other buffering agents in the joints to improve mobility
- Repair damaged nerves in the wrist joint, like due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Common Diagnoses That Can Be Treated With PRP
Most physicians and orthopedic organizations agree that PRP should be the first choice for treating torn, weakened, or damaged tendons, muscles, ligaments, menisci, and labrums. It is the recommended non-surgical healing therapy for:
- Low back - due to arthritis, facet joints, or Sacroiliac dysfunction
- Hip - caused by tendonitis, labrum, or bursitis
- Shoulder - due to tendonitis, labrum, or rotator cuff tears
- Elbow - due to golfers elbow or tennis elbow
- Wrist or finger joints - due to arthritis, ligament tears, or carpal tunnel
- Knees - due to arthritis, LCL, MCL, ACL, or knee cap instability
- Ankle/foot - due to arthritis, tendonitis, ankle sprains, or achilles dysfunction
What to Expect
PRP injections are usually administered under local anesthetic. Depending on the severity of the injury, and how long it has remained untreated, you may require 2-4 treatments administered at 6-weeks intervals.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort and swelling in the injected area for about 48 hours. Dr. Daniel Moghadam will give you a pain prescription to get you through this stage. By the third day, the pain should begin to resolve substantially. There may also be other side effects such as stiffness, but this should also resolve with time.
Why Choose PRP Therapy for Joint Pain?
Unlike steroids and painkillers that only help to soothe the pain temporarily, platelet-rich plasma therapy heals the root of the problem for complete recovery - improved mobility and no pain. Since the treatment is natural, improvements take a little time to show, usually 2 to 6 weeks after the first PRP treatment.
By the time you receive the second treatment, you should experience considerable pain reduction, accompanied by increased strength and endurance.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Moghadam to discover whether PRP therapy is the right treatment for your case.
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