Alternatives for Knee Pain Relief
With Gel Injections
If steroid injections don’t help, Georgia Medical Treatment Center can inject a pain relief medication called sodium hyaluronate (brand names are Hyalgan, Synvisc, Supartz, or Ortho-Visc) into the knee. The sodium hyaluronate will help the joint move smoothly, reducing or relieving the pain of osteoarthritis. Usually a series of injections over several weeks is needed to achieve the desired pain relief.
Gel Injections For Osteoarthritis Knee
Prevent Knee Surgery With a Simple In-Office Protocol
Great news – knee pain does not mean that surgery is necessary. We offer several non-surgical knee programs. Those include injections involving viscosupplementation with all-natural substances that provide cushioning and lubrication to the knees.
Request a no-risk appointment to see one of our experts and find out if this knee protocol, that is covered by most insurances including Medicare, is right for you.
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PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) INJECTION TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC KNEE PAIN
Patients who suffer from chronic knee pain may consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments to alleviate their symptoms. The promotion of PRP therapy as a natural alternative to surgery has helped it to gain popularity in recent years, especially since athletes such as Tiger Woods have praised the treatment and its ability to speed up the healing process.
While most support of this procedure has come from anecdotal evidence, studies on PRP are gaining new momentum. For example, a 2017 study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research found that PRP injections were more effective in treating knee osteoarthritis pain than other injections, such as corticosteroids. These results followed those of a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Sports, which found that three rounds of PRP injections reduced symptoms of chronic patellar tendinopathy. Armed with this new information, patients may turn to PRP therapy when traditional methods such as anti-inflammatories or cortisol injections are being overused or no longer have the desired effect.
PRP treatments consist of drawing a portion of the patient’s own blood and placing the sample into a centrifuge. This causes the blood to separate into its components: plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. Because platelets contain growth factors that aid in healing blood vessel injuries, it is believed that providing an increased concentration to a specific area can accelerate the natural healing process. Therefore, platelet-rich plasma is extracted from the centrifuge and injected into the affected area, which will have already been numbed by a local anesthetic. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.
Although there is minimal risk involved due to using the patient’s own blood, this also means that the results can vary due to the differences in each patient’s blood. Plus, an optimal concentration of platelets has not been established, which adds to the variation in results. As with any injection, infection is still a minor risk, and patients might experience soreness or pain at the injection location for several days following the treatment. Patients should refrain from taking anti-inflammatories for some time prior to and following the treatment, but they can treat the residual pain with painkillers or by applying ice for twenty minute intervals.
While some patients may benefit from single injections, most studies indicate that the effectiveness of the treatment improves after repeated treatments over the course of several months, with the injections being given every eight to twelve weeks. However, as cortisone injections can weaken ligaments and tendons over time, PRP therapy may be preferable as a long-term solution. Plus, it is considered a more permanent fix, as the intention is to enhance the body’s natural healing process.
PRP injections are still considered experimental, and so the treatment is not always covered under insurance.
Diagnosing Osteoarthritis in the Knee
Osteoarthritis results from damaged cartilage and tissue in the knee. It can lead to swelling and stiffness that can impair one’s free range of mobility. Unfortunately, it is just one of the many ailments that present themselves as one grows older.
The BMJ lists the following complications that osteoarthritis may cause in the knees:
A Georgia Medical Treatment Center provider can accurately diagnose one’s condition through a physical examination, imaging scans, and other methods. If one is experiencing any complications relating to osteoarthritis, PRP injections may serve as an effective treatment method to reduce one’s symptoms.
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The Mayo Clinic notes that traditional treatments for osteoarthritis can focus on two key areas: relieving pain or replacing the joint altogether. Some patients might be given over the counter medications, while others may be prescribed painkillers. These drugs are designed to promote short-term relief, as the everyday use of these medications may lead to addiction or organ damage.
Treatment can also include physical and occupational therapy. Physical therapy is intended to strengthen the joints and help one achieve a greater range of motion. Occupational therapy is designed to teach new ways to cope with pain by implementing certain adjustments to one’s lifestyle.
If none of these options provide effective relief, additional treatments can include cortisone or lubricant injections. Some people undergo surgery to completely replace the knee with artificial joints, risking the possibility of the device wearing away over time. The unfortunate reality is that these treatments do not work for everyone, or are not feasible alongside life’s current demands.
Osteoarthritis Can Be Addressed Through PRP
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 32 million people in the U.S. suffer from osteoarthritis-related pains. While there is no cure for this condition, however, there are treatment methods available designed to address its symptoms. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders notes that diet and nutrition are important to managing osteoarthritis, and a diet of leafy vegetables and proteins may reduce one’s joint pain. Yet, because of health restrictions or other factors, this may not work for everyone. The growth factors in PRP address internal joint damage at its source, using chemicals from within the body to promote repair. A health care provider can provide further insight into one’s candidacy for PRP injections.
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How PRP Treatment Allows the Body to Restore Itself
PRP injections are a non-surgical treatment method of providing relief from arthritis in the knees. This procedure takes less than an hour, allowing the modern person on the move to continue with their lives with little interruption.
At Georgia Medical Treatment Center, we put the needs and expectations of our clients at the forefront of our care. When one arrives for their procedure, they can expect white-glove service and hotel-inspired amenities during their time with us.
Upon arriving for PRP treatment, one can expect to have their blood drawn by a trained medical professional. The vial is then placed into a centrifuge, which works to separate growth factors and plasma from the sample. This highly concentrated formula is then reinjected into the knee’s problem area.
Because PRP treatment uses the body’s own healing response to reduce pain and inflammation, there are little adverse side effects. Again, depending on the extent of one’s condition, age, and expectations, a Georgia Medical Treatment Center professional will be able to assess how many injections will be necessary.
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Stiff, painful knees can make everyday life unbearable. It can also decrease one’s ability to participate in physical activities or engage in meaningful employment. There is no need to settle for a life marked with limited mobility and chronic pain. Our Wellness Advisors are standing by to answer any questions or concerns one may have regarding this cutting-edge treatment method. For more information about what PRP can accomplish.
What Is Arthritis?
Simply put, arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints in the body. While any joint can be affected by this condition, knees are one of the most commonly afflicted areas. Arthritis in the knees can make it difficult to perform normal activities like:
Symptoms of arthritis typically develop over time; however, they may also appear suddenly. Patients often experience pain, inflammation, and decreased range of motion—redness of the skin around the joint may be another indication. Many arthritis sufferers also notice their symptoms are worse in the morning and improve throughout the day.
What Are the Treatment Options for Knee Arthritis?
Initial treatments for arthritis in the knees are typically nonsurgical. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory medications to help ease symptoms. If these treatments fail to relieve your pain, knee surgery may be the next step. Common surgical procedures for knee arthritis include arthroscopy and synovectomy—this involves surgically removing the membrane that lines the joint.
However, surgery isn’t the sole next step in your healing process. An alternative treatment option that has become increasingly popular among orthopedic knee specialists and patients is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections.
What Is a PRP Treatment?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a type of Prolotherapy that promotes the self-healing properties of the body to help it repair damaged ligaments. Prolotherapy, or proliferation therapy, is an injection-based procedure used in chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as knee arthritis. During this treatment, a small quantity of your blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. The plasma, which contains concentrated growth factors, is then extracted and injected into the afflicted joint.
After the procedure, your doctor will recommend that you ice the area every two to three hours for 20 minutes each. You’ll also want to limit your physical activity and avoid motions that put significant weight on the joint. For optimal results, your orthopedic knee specialist may recommend a series of PRP injections spaced a few weeks or months apart.
What Are the Benefits of PRP?
Since PRP utilizes your own natural elements, it is considered to be a very safe process—the treatment method has long been used in hospitals and sports medicine since the 70s. The injections are particularly useful in managing pain associated with knee arthritis, which reduces the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids. Additionally, PRP injections can treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions like:
The results of PRP injections are typically long term, with many patients reporting satisfactory results lasting for more than one year after just one or two treatment sessions.
Common knee conditions and injuries we treat using PRP therapy:
The PRP Therapy Treatment Process
A consultation with our center is required before being considered for PRP therapy in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your successful outcome is our #1 priority, and since PRP therapy is not for everyone, our highly trained medical team will only provide you with the most effective treatment options for your particular situation.
If our medical team finds that PRP therapy will be an effective treatment option for your specific injury or condition, you will work with our office to discuss any medication and/or supplements you are currently taking. In order to yield long-lasting benefits, we recommend that you refrain from any anti-inflammatory medication 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the procedure. You will not be required to fast from food or beverages before the procedure.
On the day of treatment, your procedure will be performed in one of our beautiful new treatment rooms at our center. PRP Therapy is considered minimally invasive and is done on an outpatient basis.
Treatment begins by obtaining a small amount of your blood. The blood is then placed in a high-spinning centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the components of the blood so that a rich, concentrated source of platelets is obtained. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area of the body that is in need of regeneration. Many patients find the procedure to be completely painless. The entire treatment process takes around 45 to 60 minutes.
Why Suffer Needlessly?
Too many people are living with knee pain. In fact, many people with pain from bone-on-bone osteoarthritis have been able to stave off knee surgery for several years. Unfortunately, many feel that they have no choice but to get knee replacement surgery, yet they fear these potential risks and complications:
Why subject yourself to these risks?
With our knee therapy program we combine viscosupplementation to replace the synovial fluid with physical therapy and a special knee brace to support your knee joint after our knee therapy protocol. We found that the combined approach of these treatments are the main reasons for our success.
Physical Therapy for the Knee
Physical therapy for knee pain focuses on the muscles, ligaments, and returning strength and normal function. If you tried physical therapy alone it may not have worked for you because it treats only one aspect of your condition and not the actual physical structures of the joint itself. Yet in combination with the viscosupplementation therapy, physical therapy is a critical part of strengthening and supporting the knee.
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Our knee-unloading support device has been shown to increase joint space, reducing the pressure on the cartilage of the knee as well as the knee capsule. In concert with our Knee Program, this un-loading effect allows the the knee viscosupplement injection to bond with the bodies existing synovial fluid with greater ease resulting in both faster and longer lasting positive pain relief and healing outcomes.