Currently, 54 million adults have arthritis in the United States, and this number is expected to jump to a whopping 78 million by 2040 thanks to an aging baby boomer population. While arthritis leads the charge in causing joint pain, sometimes simple wear-and-tear can begin to catch up with you, leaving your joints less able to recover or heal as quickly.
Rather than reaching for a bottle of pills or going under the knife for relief, however, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may hold the key to restoring your pain-free mobility.
Here at Elevate Medical, we believe that the best solutions don’t simply mask the problem or intervene in a way that leads to more issues, as is often the case with surgery. Rather, our team believes in the amazing power of the human body to heal itself through regenerative medicine for longer-lasting results.
As part of our regenerative medicine, we offer PRP therapy, which is helping our patients remain active and pain-free.
If you’re one of the millions of baby boomers who are plagued by achy joints, take a moment to explore how PRP therapy can alleviate your pain and restore your mobility.
The power in platelets
Your platelets are disc-shaped cells found in your blood that are primarily responsible for clotting. When you injure yourself, your platelets rush to the scene and grow tentacles that bind to your blood vessels, preventing you from bleeding out.
While this role is extremely important, your platelets are also rich in powerful growth factors, or proteins, that jump into action once the threat of bleeding is resolved. These growth factors perform a number of important functions, including:
- Regulating cell division
- Stimulating the regeneration of your tissue
- Promoting a healing environment
This last point is important because your growth factors not only do the work themselves, they send out the call for other resources to lend a hand, including your own stem cells.
Harnessing the power of your platelets
When we treat you with PRP therapy, one of the best aspects of the protocol is that we’re tapping your own platelets. To do this, we draw some of your blood and separate out the platelets in a special centrifuge, creating a concentrate that’s 3-10 times higher than normal. We take this concentrate, mix it back in with your plasma, and inject it into your damaged tissue.
In essence, we’re simply redirecting and concentrating your own resources to promote faster healing and repair of your tissues, including your:
When we inject you, the growth factors go to work to reduce the inflammation, which helps alleviate your pain. With your tissue free from the swelling, your platelets set to work to repair your tissue, on a cellular level, for sustainable results.
Most of our clients benefit from a series of PRP treatments, and results are gradual as the body heals from the inside out. But your patience is rewarded when you realize optimal results in 8-12 weeks, though this timeline can vary from one patient to the next.
If you’re an active baby boomer who has been sidelined by achy joints, contact us at 719-627-8285 to learn more about how our PRP therapy can get you moving freely again. You can also send us a message here on our website or set up an appointment using our online scheduling tool.