The FDA has yet to approve platelet-rich plasma in OA of the knee, but it could soon become a viable treatment option.
Platelet rich plasma therapy in Miami has been found to speed up the healing process and improve functions by reducing pain. Using injections of a patient's own platelets, the injections can help heal certain musculoskeletal issues. A few tubes of blood are taken during the procedure, then run through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The activated platelets are then injected into the injury, releasing growth factors that stimulate healing and recovery.
After the procedure, you will need to take it easy, depending on the injection site. In the case of injection to the knee, prompt icing for a few days (at 20-minute intervals every few hours), over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol to help manage pain (do not use NSAIDs such as ibuprofen as they may inhibit the effects of the therapy), and avoid activities that can put a strain on the knee. Some people may need to use crutches for a few days. Following up treatment with rest is also recommended.
Everyone's treatment with platelet-rich plasma will be different, so it is important to speak with the physician administering your treatment at family medicine in Miami before leaving. They will walk you through everything you need to know and answer any questions you have, even after leaving the office. Just give us a call!