Arthritis is a leading work-related disability affecting millions of people worldwide, irrespective of their gender and age. Arthritis refers to a group of diseases that affect the joints in the body and one of the most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It is a condition where there is wear and tear of cartilage as well as soft tissues surrounding the joint.
Osteoarthritis is long lasting and affects several parts of the body including knee, neck, elbow, hands, fingertips, hips and spine. It comes with symptoms such as inflammation, stiffness, tenderness, and pain. If the knees of a person are affected by osteoarthritis, it can result in the affected person becoming incapable of walking a distance of just 50 meters. This drastically reduces the quality of life, intrudes upon the physical potential of a person and makes disease management intractable.
Lot of research have been conducted by researchers across the globe to find the cure for arthritis but all in vain. The only hope for millions of affected people is to keep symptoms under control with proper exercises and medicines.
However, medical experts have now started relying on PRP (Prolotherapy for Osteoarthritis) for treating osteoarthritis which has been found extremely beneficial for the majority of patients in treating damaged ligaments, tendon injuries and wound and soft tissue healing. This Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) uses your body’s natural mechanism to repair itself by reactivating normal healing processes. It works on the theory of using growth factors from the blood and injecting it into the injured area inducing new tissue formation. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections deliver an elevated concentration of endogenous (your own “home-grown”) Platelet rich plasma to the knee where osteoarthritis is present. PRP is usually combined with Comprehensive Dextrose Prolotherapy for best results. PRP being a natural process comes without any major side effects and has gained wide ranged popularity across the globe in a very short period of time.
Blood is drawn- typically from the arm and placed into a centrifuge, an apparatus that spins at a fast speed to separate fluids of different densities, concentrating the platelets found in the blood sample. Initially a fast spin is done, after which platelet poor plasma is removed along with most of the red blood cells, following which a slow spin is done to harvest PRP. Platelet rich Plasma is then collected into a syringe and injected into affected areas.
It is always recommended to choose world-class clinics and experts when going for a PRP treatment in Kerala. Beth YeHuWdaH Arthritis & Spine Center, Pullad is a world class centre for Regenerative Orthopaedics and Daystar Clinic South of Stone Bridge, Alappuzha is a smaller satellite clinic for osteoarthritis treatment in India. They follow sterile procedures and stringent protocols for resolving chronic pain and injury through Regenerative and Interventional Orthopaedics. Considered as the best clinics for Prolotherapy in India, their aim is not just pain management but to help patients get long term relief through healing and proliferation of soft tissues.
MBBS, MS Ortho (Christian Medical College, Ludhiana), Joint Replacement Fellowship (HOSMAT Hospital, Bangalore), Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship (Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel)Read More