Osteoarthritis of the knee is the cause for a great deal of pain and disability. Knee pain due to osteoarthritis is one of the leading reasons why so many choose to see an Orthopedic Surgeon or Primary Care doctor. Over the years, PRP injections, or Platelet Rich Plasma injections have grown in popularity to treat knee osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is generally due to wear and tear on the knee over time. Genetics also plays a strong role. If your siblings and parents have osteoarthritis of the knee then you will probably suffer from it as well. Previous injuries or trauma can also cause arthritis of the knee.
Osteoarthritis is caused by a gradual loss of cartilage from the ends of the bones in the knee. The cartilage slowly wears away, both from mechanical sources and the fact that cartilage may wear away because of the hostile chemicals your knee produces when the arthritic process starts. When Osteoarthritis of the knee sets in many of you will notice swelling, clicking, grinding and you may also have pain even at rest and at night.
Unfortunately, arthritis can not be reversed or cured. But many physicians have started offering their patients injections of PRP to treat their knee arthritis pain. Over the years there has been growing evidence that PRP can help moderate the pain of knee arthritis and improve your quality of life.
What is a PRP Injection?
PRP injections for knee arthritis are performed by taking a small sample of your blood, prepare it in a centrifuge and then inject a portion of your blood back into your knee. This is typically a 30 minute office visit.
Are PRP Injections Into the Knee Safe?
PRP injections are extremely. If your blood is taken from you under sterile conditions, and your knee is prepared with appropriate antiseptics then the risk of infection or other complications is very low. There are no zero risk procedures, at all.
Are PRP Injections Covered By Medicare?
Unfortunately, most insurers do not yet cover the cost of PRP injections. The cost can be very high, so it may pay to shop around.
Are PRP Injections Effective For Knee Arthritis Pain?
Most all of the studies show that PRP injection given to moderate knee arthritis pain are effective. The injections appear to be more effective than “gel” injections, and they also appear to be more effective than placebo injections. It is important to understand — PRP injections for knee arthritis will not cure the arthritis. There are no injections available to cure your arthritis. PRP is simply something that can be offered you to try and minimize the pain that you are suffering because of the arthritis.
If you’re considering this or any other options, contact us today for a consultation. We’d love to connect you with a knee surgeon who can give you more advice and options.