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 anti-inflammatory 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. PRP may even lower your need for surgery.
If you’re looking for PRP Therapy for knee pain, consider NYC. 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) in plasma prepared from a blood sample. Once prepared, PRP is injected into the problem area to address the issue as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
Blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, and thrombocytes suspended in plasma. When you become injured, thrombocytes help to make blood clots. Platelets also contain growth factors, and PRP can have five times the amount of growth factors than a typical blood sample.
Growth factors are thought to help heal the body and treat illnesses, aiding in cellular growth and repair. PRP may also have anti-inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation to aid in tendon healing and slowing arthritis-causing inflammation.
PRP might be able to treat knee symptoms like redness, swelling, stiffness, and instability. PRP is also used to treat knee pain caused by gout, obesity, and fractures.
Dr. Borenstein uses PRP to treat knee conditions like:
Benefits of PRP injections include:
Dr. Borenstein will first review your general health, age, lifestyle, genetics, and 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 injection may cause a slight sting.
The PRP may cause new blood vessels to form and regenerate damaged cells. Depending on your knee condition, PRP might help your mobility and reduce pain.
Side effects of the injection can include mild inflammation, soreness, and bruising. You may require a cold compress for 20 minutes every two hours. Additionally, you might want to limit physical activity. Swelling and pain that lasts two weeks afterward is a sign of the PRP’s healing effects.
Effects could be seen within six weeks depending on your injury (or one week in the case of osteoarthritis), and possibly last several years.
Manhattan Integrative Medicine has a non-surgical treatment for your knee pain. Schedule an appointment today for information on PRP knee treatment in NYC by calling (212) 262-2412 or contact us here.