When healthy, your joints function smoothly to help you move — but if your joints start to break down because of arthritis or other reasons, ordinary movements can be terribly difficult. At Live Well Wellness Center, naturopathic physicians Jessica Schrand, NMD, and Michelle McConnell, NMD, provide joint regeneration injections in their Chandler, Arizona, office. Book your appointment online, or call the office today.
Joint regeneration is an injectable treatment to restore painful damaged joints. At Live Well Wellness Center, the team uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for joint regeneration.
PRP is a solution that includes a high proportion of platelets from your own blood. Your blood platelets play many important roles in your body, including:
Although your body works to restore damaged or missing joint cells, it's a gradual process. When you have severe cartilage loss or breakdown, your body can't regenerate adequate new tissue on its own.
PRP places up to 10 times as many platelets as usual around your eroding joint, so it greatly increases your body's natural ability to heal.
A PRP joint regeneration treatment at Live Well Wellness Center starts when the team does a blood draw to collect a small amount of your blood. They process your blood using a centrifuge, which circulates the blood to extract the platelets and plasma.
After discarding the unnecessary red and white blood cells, the team draws the pure PRP into a syringe. Depending on the area of joint damage, the team may use X-ray or ultrasound imaging to guide the exact placement of your PRP injections.
Arthritis is the most common reason for joint wear and tear over time. As your joints break down — particularly the cartilage that covers the bones — it’s common to experience stiffness, grating movements, and pain.
There may also be other reasons for joint damage, including serious injuries. In general, PRP joint regeneration could potentially be a good solution for any type of chronic joint pain.
PRP immediately goes to work to start the regeneration process, but the cartilage rebuilding does take some time. You may start to feel better in as little as a few weeks, but the full effects of PRP injections usually aren’t achieved for around three to six months.
You may need a series of injections to maximize your joint regeneration. The Live Well Wellness Center team can explain the PRP process and how it can work for your specific needs.
If you’re interested in a natural method of regenerating your painful joints, call Live Well Wellness Center, or click the provided link to book your appointment.