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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for the Knee

Dr. Charkawi has found that PRP injections cause positive, beneficial, and healing cellular changes in the joint area, resulting in knee joint regenerative improvement. In fact, he has employed PRP therapy on his own knee injuries and demonstrates the ease of the process in this video.


How Does PRP Therapy Work?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is predicated on the concept that growth factors in your own blood can support healing. The process separates the blood cells from the plasma, increasing the number of platelets, which are returned to the plasma. This highly concentrated platelet rich plasma has several potential applications: it can be used for hair restoration; facial, neck, hand and chest skin rejuvenation; and can also help parts of body damaged by disease and injury heal, thus reducing associated pain. In fact, research has shown that PRP can help with knee pain and the initial stages of osteoarthritis, and may be particularly helpful for those who have had no success with other treatments.

Where is It Effective?

The most prevalent improvements include an increase in the volume of natural knee lubricants, cartilage remodeling, and engaging the stem cells present in the knee stimulate the healing process. PRP therapy can also help delay further degeneration of cartilage, and can be relevant treatment for the following:

  • Instability and pain in various joints.
  • Injuries throughout the body, including in the knee, shoulder, elbow, and other joints.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Sprains and strains

One of the important benefits of PRP therapy for the knee, PRP reduces the pain by decreasing inflammation of the synovial membrane where pain receptors are localized. The synovial membrane is a protective layer of connective tissue that is also responsible for creating the fluid that lubricates the joints.

It is important to understand that PRP is not a single shot therapeutic treatment. Typically a series of injections are required for maximum healing potential, spaced about a month apart. PRP may not yield successful results for everyone, but those who experience improvements usually begin noticing a reduction in pain and better mobility over the first few weeks.

Schedule an Appointment

Zack Charkawi, M.D. and the team at Johns Creek Family Medicine will be more than happy to tell you more about the exciting breakthroughs happening in PRP treatment options. We can give you an overview of the procedure and help you determine if it is a good fit for helping you to restore functionality of your knees, regrow hair, or rejuvenate your skin. For convenience, Johns Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine is located in Johns Creek, Georgia. The clinic proudly serves the Duluth, Alpharetta, Cumming, Suwanee, Dawsonville and Roswell areas.

Note: This post is not intended to act as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for the knee, set an appointment for consultation with Zack Charkawi, M.D. at Johns Creek Family Medicine.

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