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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PLATELET-RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS

Platelet-rich plasma, known as PRP, is a type of regenerative medicine we offer at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine through injections to treat our patients who suffer from knee pain. Also known as blood injection therapy, PRP injections are a medical treatment being used for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and pain including knee pain, which we treat at Commonwealth. This treatment enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself, improve healing, and shorten recovery time from acute and chronic conditions of the body.

HOW PRP CAN BE USED TO TREAT YOUR KNEE PAIN 

Over time, physicians have discovered the body’s ability to heal itself on its own. That is the core focus of regenerative medicine and the approach behind platelet-rich plasma injections. Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses injections from the patient’s platelets to speed up their own healing process. PRP therapy allows the patient’s systems to improve their musculoskeletal pain and problems. 

PRP injections are made by taking the patient’s own blood and passing it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These platelets are then injected directly into your injured body tissue. The PRP injection then releases growth factors and bioactive proteins that stimulate reproduction and increases the number of reparative cells produced by the body. The concentration of platelets in our blood and concentration of growth factors found in those platelets can be 5 to 10 times greater than usual, increasing the healing rate by the same rate. 

Platelet-rich plasma injections are a natural way to heal your pain and have many benefits over other forms of traditional medicine and therapies. This method of therapy can be used to treat knee pain. Keep reading to learn how Commonwealth can help you on your journey to knee pain recovery through PRP.

HOW COMMONWEALTH CAN HELP 

If your knee pain has been treated by countless medications and exhausted all of the other possibilities of treatment, regenerative medicine may be the choice for you. Our Regenerative team of experts at Commonwealth in collaboration with Bodyworks Pain and Spine will sit down for a consultation with you to review your knee pain, treatment history, and our assessment of your best option of treatment moving forward. 

One of the main benefits of PRP injections is that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications or stronger, more addictive ones like opioids. The side effects of PRP injections due to their natural origin being from your own body, it is far less likely that you will reject or react negatively to them. However, some patients using PRP therapy do experience mild side effects.

We want to give our patients another chance to be knee-pain-free and see how the wonders of the body can take place before your eyes. Many patients come to us after seeing dozens of doctors and having been through numerous unsuccessful treatments, medications, and time spent to try to treat their pain. 

If you are interested in learning more about platelet-rich plasma injections for your knees or if you’d like to request an appointment with one of our regenerative medicine expert physicians, contact us at (833)543-6981.

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ALL ABOUT MARK CONLIFFE, D.O.

Dr. Mark Conliffe graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. He is the only Board-Certified Neuromusculoskeletal Specialist in the city of Louisville, Kentucky.