If you suffer from joint pain, then you know just how debilitating it can be. Whether it’s acute or chronic, joint pain can affect just about every aspect of your life. Whatever the cause of your joint pain, it can be managed quite effectively with prolotherapy and PRP injections.

As described in a previous blog post, an alternative medicine practice that is gaining popularity as a non-surgical option for pain management is prolotherapy. Prolotherapy (proliferative therapy), also known as regenerative medicine injections or prolo injections, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue. Based on the fact that when ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful, prolotherapy is able to directly address the cause of the instability, repair the weakened connective tissue, and promote healing of these structures. This results in stabilization of the joint and usually resolution of the pain.

It works by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to repair tissue with a very directed injection to the tissues in an injury site. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, can be used in these injections to help augment this healing process. PRP contains high concentrations of growth factors that, when injected during prolotherapy treatment, can help speed up the healing process. According to Healthline, “Plasma is a component of blood that contains special ‘factors,’ or proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth. Researchers have produced PRP by isolating the plasma from blood and concentrating it.” Adding PRP to your treatment can oftentimes reduce the overall healing time to half or less.

However, did you know that not all platelet-rich plasma is the same? It’s not. PRP extraction systems concentrate the elements of your blood that trigger regeneration and repair. It involves extracting your own blood, spinning it down to get rid of the red blood cells, and concentrating the remaining plasma, platelets, and other growth factors to create the “liquid gold” to be injected.

To deliver effective treatment results, the concentration of platelets must reach around five to seven times the patient’s normal baseline levels. At Arktos Direct Care, we use PurePRP® technology by utilizing the Emcyte® system. Emcyte® delivers 7 times the platelet concentrations and also removes 99% of red blood cells and 98% of inflammatory neutrophils.

This is why, when seeing Dr. Hampton at Arktos Direct Care for your PRP injection therapy, you can be confident that you’re receiving the highest quality care and prolotherapy treatments. In addition to prolotherapy, Arktos Direct Care also specializes in direct primary care, aesthetic medicine, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. At Arktos Direct Care, your health, questions, needs, and schedule come first, on your own terms. We remove the barriers that impede great health care. Visit our website at www.arktosdirectcare.com or call us today at 970-818-2280.