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PRP for Joint Pain
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, sometimes called PRP therapy or autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) therapy, attempts to take advantage of the blood's natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone.
When treating joints with platelet-rich plasma, a doctor injects PRP directly into the affected area. The goal is to:
Improve joint function
Possibly slow, halt, or even repair damage to cartilage
Platelet-rich plasma is derived from a sample of the patient's own blood. The therapeutic injections contain plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than is found in normal blood.
Doctors use PRP therapy to treat osteoarthritis theorizing that the platelet-rich plasma might:
Inhibit inflammation and slow down the progression of osteoarthritis
Stimulate the formation of new cartilage
Increase the production of natural lubricating fluid in the joint, thereby easing painful joint friction
Contain proteins that alter a patient's pain receptors and reduce pain sensation
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Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage of the interior of a joint is performed using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopic procedures can be performed either to evaluate or to treat many orthopedic conditions including torn floating labrum, torn surface cartilage, ACL reconstruction, and trimming damaged cartilage. An arthroscope is a small tube that is inserted into the body. It contains a system of lenses, a small video camera, and a light for viewing. The camera is connected to a monitoring system that lets a surgeon view the surgery while it is being done. The arthroscope is often used with other tools that are inserted through another cut or incision. These tools are used for grasping, cutting, and probing. PR Hip Institute specializes in Hip Arthroscopy using the latest medical tools available.