PRP Joint Injections as an Osteoarthritis Treatment
Blood plasma treatment through PRP joint injections is utilized by Dr. Verma and his orthopedic team to reduce joint pain, swelling and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. These injections can be used as an alternative to conventional injections such as cortisone or vicosupplementation.
Dr. Verma begins blood plasma treatment by harvesting platelet rich plasma from a patient’s own blood, commonly drawn from the patient’s arm. The vial of blood is then spun in a centrifuge, a special machine that uses high speeds to separate the four key structures of human blood. Once the components are separated, the platelet rich plasma is removed. The plasma is then injected into the injured joint releasing three to five times the growth factors compared to normal human blood. These growth factors gravitate to the injured area and help accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
Response to treatment varies with each patient, depending on numerous factors Dr. Verma will discuss in great detail. PRP joint injections take less than 15 minutes. Most patients will require 1-3 sets of blood plasma treatment with each treatment spaced 4-6 weeks apart. As platelet rich plasma is obtained from the patient’s own blood, the risk of reaction is low. As with any injection, there is a small risk of injury to structures in the area, as well as a very small risk of infection.
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For additional information on blood plasma treatment through PRP joint injections to treat osteoarthritis, please contact the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois orthopedic practice of elbow specialist and knee surgeon Dr. Nikhil Verma.