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How to Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint pain is a prevalent issue that affects many people worldwide. It can occur as a result of an injury, a debilitative condition, or the wear-and-tear that happens as we age.

The most common cause for joint pain is arthritis, including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. According to statistics, about 15 million adults in the U.S. suffer from joint pain due to arthritis with nearly half of those experiencing persistent joint pain.

The joints in the body where pain is the most prevalent include:

  • Wrists
  • Knees
  • Fingers
  • Shoulders
  • Ankles
  • Elbows

If you have been experiencing joint pain, it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications.

Regenerative Treatments for Joint Pain

The most common options to relieve joint pain are typically medications or joint replacement surgery. While these treatments can be effective, they can also be high-risk. Some of the medications can have side-effects or become highly addictive.

Surgery can be risky as there are many complications that can arise, such as a high risk of developing an infection or blood clots. This risk is significantly higher in individuals who suffer from heart disease or diabetes.

If you are seeking an alternative to these treatments, regenerative medicine is a non-invasive and non-surgical option for effective pain relief. Platelet-rich plasma is a regenerative treatment option that works to alleviate joint pain.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections use a sample of your own blood in order to promote healing to relieve joint pain. It can be administered quickly in your doctor’s office, and there is little to no downtime after receiving this injection.

The procedure for PRP begins with a small extraction of your blood that is then spun in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelets into the specialized PRP solution. This concentration is commonly referred to as “liquid gold” due to its color.

Once the “liquid gold” is ready, it is then injected into a numbed area of the joint that is in need of the most repair and begins encouraging the natural healing mechanisms of the body to get to work healing and repairing the damaged area. Due to all of the components being derived straight from the patient, there is minimal to no risk or side effects involved.

In fact, many people are able to return to their daily activities right after receiving this treatment.

To find out more about how regenerative medicine can help prevent joint replacement surgery, contact Pain Free Orlando Wellness Center today at (407) 344-4878.