Up to 27 million people in the United States suffer from some form of osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is caused by a painful, sometimes debilitating, deterioration of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between bones. The disease can affect any joint in the body but is often found in weight-bearing joints (like the knees and shoulders). While modern science has made some headway in treating this common type of arthritis, many patients still suffer for years with pain, decreased quality of life, and decreased mobility.
A new study published by researchers at the Primary Care Sports Medicine Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City shows that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy as a treatment for arthritis can not only alleviate some of the symptoms but may actually delay the progression of the disease.
Traditional Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Traditional treatments for osteoarthritis include use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (aspirin/ibuprofen), cortisone shots, and viscosupplementation (injecting natural or artificial lubricant in the joint to decrease painful friction).
However, results vary greatly and many of these treatments offer only temporary relief. In addition, the more radical options like viscosupplementation can be extremely expensive and may not be fully covered by insurance plans.
PRP Therapy for Treatment of Arthritis
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) works differently. Instead of just addressing the pain and swelling or adding lubrication to the affected joint, pain management PRP therapy may actually heal damaged cartilage—effectively slowing or even partially reversing this disease.
How does PRP therapy work? A patient’s blood is drawn and spun down with a centrifuge. This process increases the concentration of natural healing and regrowth compounds (including platelets and growth factors). This serum is then injected directly into the joint where it’s needed. These regenerative compounds stimulate the body’s own repair and regrowth systems.
And the results are often exceptional. This most recent study concluded that up to 73% of patients in the trial enjoyed decreased pain levels, increased joint functionality, and a higher quality of life.
Previous studies have been criticized for relying solely on self-reporting of disease symptoms. However, researchers relied on MRI imaging to find concrete proof that PRP therapy works in some cases. Indeed, imaging of experimental and baseline patient groups show a significant decrease in the progression of arthritis in the majority of patients treated with PRP therapy.
Learn More About Naturopathic Treatments for Arthritis
In addition to PRP therapy there are a number of naturopathic treatments for arthritis that may help individuals live happier, healthier, and with less pain than they would experience otherwise. Learn about the naturopathic options available to you at www.PurevitalityCenter.com or call 310-820-7925 to schedule a health assessment today.
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