Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections versus Surgery for joint pain

Joint pain affects both males and females but is most common in obese and aged people. Joint surgery is known as the best treatment option to get rid of joint pain. But advanced researchers found that Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections can also prevent the joint pain. Joint pain can be reduced by using individual’s own Platelet-Rich Plasma. Platelet-Rich Plasma is multi-potent and possess the feature of regeneration and self-renewal. Platelet-Rich Plasma can be sourced from various body parts.

Joint Surgery

Surgeon suggests draping the treated joint, proper rest, medication, and some physical therapies to decrease swelling and pain. Joints get fully recovered within a few weeks or days depending on the patient’s age.

Benefits of surgery:

  • Decreased chances of blood loss and tissue damage
  • Better quality of life for the patient
  • After surgery, patient will feel lesser pain
  • The complications are rare in joint surgery
  • The patient does not need to stay in the hospital for a long time

Complications after joint surgery:

After surgery, there may be some risks such as antipode effect to anesthesia, blood clots, and rejection of implant or other infections. Recovery time after a joint surgery is quite frustrating.

  • Infections like lung infection
  • Heart problems
  • Mental disorientation
  • Bleeding or blood clot inside the treated joint
  • Injury to nerve, muscles, ligaments, tendons or cartilage

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Platelet-Rich Plasma can be helpful in the treatment of joint pain by regenerating cartilage. These cells can reproduce cartilage matrix, elastin fibers, and chondrocytes which form cartilage. Self-healing properties of Platelet-Rich Plasma contributes to joint pain relief. PRP Injections can improve functional status of cartilage and life quality.

PRP Injections offers intrusive remedies for joint pain. It includes quicker treatment procedure and easier recovery in comparison to surgery. It shows faster improvements like movement and simple static cycling in many cases. In PRP Injections the patient’s own Platelet-Rich Plasma are used, so there is minor chance of rejection or infection.

Most of the patients who had been treated by PRP Injections for joint problems, highly recommend this to others. Mesenchymal Platelet-Rich Plasma can be collected from fluid present in joints. These cells possess the ability of chondrogenic differentiation and can be sourced from adipose tissue, bone marrow, skeletal muscle and tubercular bone. They can differentiate further into any type of cells like cells of cartilage, fat, and connective tissue lineages.

Salutary approaches of Mesenchymal Platelet-Rich Plasma have a great benefit to surgical treatments. PRP Injections are direct inoculation of desired PRP in a simple technical way to treat joint pain. After injection, these cells start chondrogenic differentiation. This therapy is appropriate for incomplete cartilage deterioration case. It works only if joint and cartilage fluid is present in joint because these factors are required for Platelet-Rich Plasma differentiation.

Incredible benefits of PRP Injections over surgery are:

  • Immediate improvement
  • Remarkable recovery of the joint

Many types of research signify the improvement in joint pain by using PRP Injections. Numerous clinical observations are still continuing.  PRP Injections may bring a valuable alternative to joint surgery.