How PRP Is Revolutionizing the Treatment of Aging Joints

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Aging gracefully can be awfully hard when your joints are aching. Unfortunately, creaky knees, hips, shoulders, or any other joint, are part and parcel of growing older, whether it’s arthritis or just general wear-and-tear. Fortunately, regenerative medicine may provide the key to aging joints, namely in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Here at Regen Pain NJ, under the expert direction of board-certified and fellowship-trained pain management specialist Dr. Todd Koppel, we specialize in finding solutions for painful joints that tap the human body’s own powerful resources. By using these natural resources, we’re putting a spring back in the steps of our Clifton, New Jersey, area patients by helping them heal from within for long-term relief.

Here’s a quick look at how PRP therapy is revolutionizing how we treat aging joints.

A matter of time

Your joints are meant to move, and move they do, propelling you through life during your every waking hour. And the workload can begin to take its toll as you grow older, as degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis or simple wear-and-tear break down the soft tissue inside your joints.

By soft tissue, we’re often referring to your articular cartilage, which is a slippery substance found on the ends of your bones that allows them to glide across one another effortlessly. With degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, your cartilage begins to break apart, causing pain and inflammation in your joints as your bones rub up against one another without protection.

And your cartilage doesn’t contain any blood vessels, which means it has a tough time regenerating and repairing itself.

In addition to your cartilage, other components in your joints, such as your tendons and ligaments, can succumb to aging, leaving them weaker and more vulnerable to damage.

The power within

Now that we’ve provided a brief look at the aging process in your joints, let’s move on to the exciting new treatment we’re using to fight back against aging joints, with great success. Called PRP therapy, we’re able to isolate and redirect your platelets to encourage healing and regeneration on a cellular level.

Your platelets are mostly known for their clotting abilities, but what many people don’t realize is that your platelets also contain many powerful growth factors, or proteins, that aid in healing. When your platelets arrive on the scene of damaged tissue, they stem the flow of blood through clotting and then release growth factors that signal your body to heal and repair itself. These growth factors also play a role in reducing inflammation, allowing your joints to move more freely.

To create your PRP treatment, we draw some of your blood, isolate your platelets in a centrifuge, and then inject the concentrate into the areas where your body can use a boost in healing — in this case, your joints.

The timeline

Each person we treat is different, with varying degrees of joint degeneration, but most of our patients benefit from several rounds of PRP injections to jumpstart the regeneration process. We may space these treatments out to allow time for your body to respond, which means you should realize gradual improvement in your joints over the course of four to six weeks.

Your results typically last six months or more, at which point you simply return for a follow-up treatment. PRP therapy works extremely well at resolving any present pain or inflammation in your joints, but it also works to stave off degeneration, which makes it a great preventive practice for aging joints.

If you’d like to explore how PRP therapy can help with your aging joints, please give us a call, or set up an appointment using our easy online booking feature.

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