Looking for a minimally-invasive treatment protocol for knee pain and knee injuries? Searching for a functional medicine doctor that will make a treatment plan for your needs? Have you considered PRP?
Your knee is composed of cartilage, ligaments, muscle, and bone. Whether due to a sports injury or disease, damaged knee tissue can impact your quality of life.
Many patients turn to protocols like medications and surgery, which carry side effects and long recovery times. As an alternative, Dr. Borenstein at Manhattan Integrative Medicine offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to treat a variety of musculoskeletal ailments, including those affecting the knees.
A form of regenerative medicine, PRP utilizes growth factors to help rejuvenate tissue with fewer complications and shorter recovery times.
To learn more about this cutting edge orthopedic treatment protocol and to schedule your consultation with New York’s top knee injury specialist, please call (212) 262-2412 or contact us online today!
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets (thrombocytes) prepared from a blood sample. Platelets contain growth factors that are thought to help heal the body and treat illnesses. Once prepared, PRP is injected into the problem area to address the injury.
Dr. Borenstein uses PRP to treat knee conditions including:
PRP is also used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, gout, obesity, and fractures.
Benefits of PRP injections include:
Dr. Borenstein will first review your general health, age, lifestyle, genetics, and your specific knee injury to determine if PRP is right for you. If PRP is an ideal protocol, Dr. Borenstein will discuss with you the number and frequency of PRP sessions you’ll require.
Your PRP appointment will likely last less than an hour. To prepare your PRP, about 10-20cc of blood will be sampled and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood components.
PRP injections will be delivered into your knee with the guidance of ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound imaging increases injection accuracy and improves patient outcomes.
The PRP may cause new blood vessels to form and regenerate damaged cells. Depending on your knee condition, PRP may help your mobility and reduce pain.
Side effects of the injection may include mild inflammation, soreness, and bruising. You may require a cold compress for 20 minutes every two hours. Additionally, you may want to limit physical activity.
Depending on your injury, effects may be seen within 6 weeks (or in the case of osteoarthritis, possibly one week), and may last several years.