Knee pain can be caused by a variety of things including injury, repetitive use microtrauma and knee osteoarthritis. The last scenario, knee osteoarthritis, begins to affect almost all humans at some point if we live long enough. Knee osteoarthritis is defined by the Mayo Clinic in the following statement from their website: “Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine.” The commonly affected joints as we can see are weight bearing joints such as your knees, hips and spine. The other common joints, the joints of the hands, are joints that are used A LOT and suffer the wear and tear of repetitive use over time. At Littleton PRP, we seek the stop the progression of osteoarthritis by allowing your body to begin healing your joints once again. Knee pain can be solved by allowing your body to heal vs trying to cover up the symptoms.
A new study published in 2018 sought to investigate the feasibility of using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. In the study, 12 participants underwent PRP injections for the knee and completed follow up questionnaires. These patients received 3 injections of PRP each 4 weeks apart. The following results from the study were reported: “In terms of responder status, at the end of 4 months, 58.3% (7/12) were very satisfied with the procedure, 33.3% (4/12) were satisfied and one patient (8.3%) was not satisfied. This patient reported the adverse event described above. In terms of goal-orientated outcomes, 45.5% (5/11) felt they had fully achieved their identified goal, 45.5% (5/11) felt they had partially achieved their goal and 9% (1/11) felt they had not achieved their goal either fully or partially. Again, it was this patient that reported the adverse event described above.”
At Littleton PRP, we expect to see excellent results when performing these procedures. We would like to give you 1 year to allow your body the needed time to heal. We also offer post procedure knee rehab to put you in the best position to get great results. We would like for you to be able to be out of knee pain and doing the things in life your knee pain has been preventing you from doing. At Littleton PRP we would like you to achieve this without going through knee surgery is our goal. The entire procedure last approximately 1 hour and there is very little downtime and recovery. The most needed element is time. Time for your body to heal. This is not a drug and you will not feel the effects immediately. However, you will feel them a lot longer. There are pre-treatment instructions to ensure you receive the best possible care and results, so please schedule your pre-treatment consultation today to get started on you journey to life without knee pain. At Littleton PRP, our highly trained Nurse Practitioners are committed to providing you with the highest quality treatment for your knee pain.