If you’re one of the more than 54 million adults in the United States living with arthritis, you know more than anyone how much this chronic condition affects your daily life. From pain and stiffness in the morning to reduced mobility that causes you to cut back on activities you once enjoyed, arthritis is capable of severely impairing your quality of life.
What’s more, conventional treatments for arthritis sometimes fall short of providing relief and improving how well you feel and function. Fortunately, there’s an all-natural, surgery-free alternative available that uses your own ultra-concentrated platelets to provide relief, and it may be just what you need to get your life back.
Platelet-rich plasma: A game-changer in arthritis therapy
Here at West Texas Pain Institute, double board-certified pain medicine specialist and anesthesiologist Raul Lopez, MD, and our team offer the latest advancement in pain management, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a cutting-edge pain and arthritis treatment.
This game-changing therapy can help improve pain and functioning so you can get back to your life.
What is PRP?
PRP is a revolutionary therapy that utilizes your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Your body contains specialized growth factors and proteins that help damaged tissues regenerate themselves.
When you visit us at West Texas Pain Institute for PRP therapy, we use a sample of your blood to create a therapeutic injection containing a concentrated level of platelets. These natural components of your blood are rich in bioactive substances that accelerate tissue repair.
The injection we create contains highly concentrated platelets up to 10 times that found normally in your blood.
Traditional arthritis treatment often falls short
PRP is a breakthrough arthritis treatment. Arthritis occurs when your joints and other components of your joints breakdown and wear away. This most often happens over time, making the risk of developing arthritis higher as you age.
Sometimes breakdown occurs due to injury or overuse. Things that place stress on the joints — such as being overweight or participating in activities with repetitive motions — can cause them to wear out prematurely.
Steroid injections, medication, and physical therapy are the traditional treatments available for arthritis, and while these treatments remain useful, patients often find themselves still suffering from pain and reduced mobility.
Traditional treatments may help you feel and function a bit better, but they don’t resolve the condition. What’s more, arthritis is a progressive condition that worsens as time goes on. You may need joint replacement surgery once the affected joint becomes too damaged.
PRP therapy for arthritis
Unlike traditional arthritis treatments, PRP therapy boosts your body’s ability to heal damaged tissues and repair itself. PRP therapy can help treat various forms of arthritis, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Psoriatic arthritis
Many of our patients who choose PRP therapy for arthritis report an improvement in flexibility
and stiffness and a decrease in pain following therapeutic injections. PRP therapy enables you to walk and move better, boosting your overall sense of well-being and quality of life.
Additional benefits of PRP therapy
The benefits of PRP aren’t limited to treating arthritis. Dr. Lopez uses this advanced therapy to treat a wide variety of chronic pain conditions. PRP therapy treats the root of the problem to provide pain relief by improving blood flow and stimulating tissue repair.
PRP therapy may be appropriate for you if you’re experiencing:
- Hip pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Pulled muscles
You don’t have to live with inadequately controlled arthritis pain and reduced mobility. To
learn more about how PRP therapy can help you and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lopez, call our El Paso, Texas, office or request an appointment through our online system.