Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a group of ailments involving degradation of joints, including articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion (an accumulation of fluid).
When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, they may be exposed and damaged. Along with pain can come decreased movement, which can cause nearby muscles to atrophy and ligaments to become more lax.
PRP therapy is done in an exam room and takes less than an hour. The patient's blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge for 15 minutes to separate out the platelets. The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the damaged portion of the tendon or cartilage. This concentrated injection of platelets and growth factors can help jumpstart healing in areas affected by Osteoarthritis.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Tendonitis
Tendons are the rope-like structures that connect muscle to bone, enabling the bone to move. When a tendon is first injured, it can become inflamed and swollen, resulting in pain. This injury is common with athletes and active individuals who engage in physical activity that requires repetitive motions. Athletes who endure chronic pain from tendon injuries can finally get relief from a safe, non-surgical procedure. This therapy has successfully treated patients at Defy by relieving pain and jump-starting the healing process.