At the Sports Medicine and Regenerative Therapeutics Institute in Hinsdale, Illinois, we provide Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for knee pain relief. If you’ve tried other methods to reduce your knee pain without success, contact Dr. Vogt and the SMaRT Institute today. To learn more about avoiding knee surgery and knee treatments please review the information below or use the form on the right to request an free consultation.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP for Knees?
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP knee therapy is an innovative approach to regenerative medicine. It harnesses your body’s natural ability to produce stem cells and enhances it, promoting and accelerating healing.
Your blood consists mainly of liquid plasma, with smaller amounts of solid components like red cells, white cells and platelets. Platelets help to clot blood, and also contain important healing proteins. When you see Dr. Vogt or the SMaRT Institutefor PRP therapy, they extract a vial of your blood and place it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates your blood platelets and growth factors from the other blood components. The platelets and growth factors are collected and purified, then reinjected into your designated treatment area. That provides your body with exactly what it needs to stimulate stem cell growth and healing. The whole procedure takes 15-20 minutes, and the restorative benefits begin immediately. As soon as the treatment’s complete, you’re free to return to your normal activities.
What are the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Steps
- A standard blood draw is taken.
- The sample is then processed so that the different components separate.
- The resulting platelets are highly concentrated.
- These platelets are then reintroduced to the blood’s plasma, and injected into the specific treatment area.
- As the injections contain such a high concentration of platelets (between 5-10 times more than standard blood), the PRP encourages rapid healing and cell growth.
What are the benefits of Knee PRP treatments?
There are a variety of patient benefits specific to platelet rich plasma for knees.
- There is an extremely low risk of side effects, as the PRP is derived from your own blood and is not a foreign entity. The most common effects patients experience are redness and mild swelling for only 12-24 hours after treatment.
- Treatment is versatile and can stimulate cell growth and rejuvenation in areas across the body.
- The treatment process is quick and comfortable, with the treatment area being numbed before PRP is injected.
- PRP triggers the body’s own healing mechanisms, leading to natural-looking results.
Watch and Listen to Patient PRP and Stem Cell Stories
With today’s innovative technologies, you’re able to enhance your body’s natural ability to heal your knee injuries. The doctors at The SMaRT Institute use regenerative medicine to treat a wide range of knee conditions and issues, from arthritis to sports injuries. To find out how people are using Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Therapy, Plasma Therapy, and more to improve their knee muscle injuries we invite you to listen to patient stories below or to contact the SMaRT Institute today.
Common Knee Conditions Treated using PRP Therapy
Platelet rich plasma can be used in different ways to achieve your therapeutic goals. The SMaRT Institute doctors are expert providers and will discuss your projected outcome prior to beginning treatment. Some of the most popular knee treatments using PRP therapy include:
Is the PRP knee therapy painful?
No, treatment is not typically painful. The treatment area is numbed topically before any injections are performed. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. You may experience some tenderness after treatment but this will quickly fade.
How long before I see the results of my PRP knee treatment?
The time until you see your full results will vary from patient to patient, depending on age, injury type, diet and more. Noticeable initial results may take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to appear. The SMaRT Institute doctors may recommend several treatment sessions at predetermined intervals to achieve your desired results. Follow-up treatments may also be beneficial.
How long do Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments last for knees?
The length of PRP knee results depends on the type of injury and on many other factors. Our doctors will discuss specific expectations with you prior to treatment. If the treatment is for a knee injury and the result heals the knee condition, no further treatments are required. If the treatment is for a deterioration issue like osteoarthritis than the result may last 18-24 months before another treatment is necessary.