Our knees carry us every day of our lives for many many years. Sometime due to injury, or due to time, our knees begin to degenerate and wear out. This can cause knee pain and knee dysfunction and overall decrease your ability to fully enjoy your life as you should. Part of the reason for this is because of the lack of blood supply to our joints as we age. According to an article on the Harvard Health website, our knees “absorb a huge amount of pressure with every step — typically one-and-a-half times your body weight.” This means that over time, the cartilage pads that act as shock absorbers begin to wear down. This process of wearing down can be accelerated by knee injury or carrying extra body weight. There are thing you can do to help maintain good knee health which include eccentric exercises and stretching. Introducing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections into the treatment regime has allowed healthcare providers to increase the amount of healing that can occur within the joint. In other words, we have moved from maintaining joint health to improving joint health.
In order for the joint to have the best opportunity at healing and regenerating the cartilage, we need to see how much cartilage you have left. Intervening early on in life or following an injury allows for the best possible results. No matter what point in life you are, PRP injections have been found to show significant improvement in knee pain and function. The important thing to understand about having the procedure performed is that we are stimulating your body to begin healing itself. This healing and regrowth of tissue takes time. In a study looking back at all the current literature, the authors found that, “Finally, a retrospective study showed a significant clinical improvement with an 88.8% patient satisfaction rate for a single injection of PRP in a large series of 393 patients at a mean follow-up of 20.2 months.” We tell patients to give their bodies adequate time to heal. We would expect to have improvements at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. After one year of allowing your body to heal, we can reassess where you are with pain and function, and possibly recommend another injection at that point.
If you would like a nonsurgical approach to restore knee health and function, please schedule an initial consultation to go over the pre-procedure instructions and to get the procedure scheduled with our nurse practitioner. At Littleton PRP, we want to offer people the opportunity to heal their joints and restore function through the natural processes inside of your body.