If that spring in your step has become more of a wincing affair, there is a way to breathe new life into aging joints. Tapping all-natural and powerful regenerative and healing resources, we can help rebuild your joints on a cellular level using your own platelets.
At Empower Medical Center, as our name promises, we help our clients in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, overcome painful musculoskeletal issues of all kinds, from low back pain to joints that have succumbed to wear and tear. Under the expert guidance of Ashley Ascencio, DO, we take a holistic and integrative approach to battling painful conditions, empowering you to live the active life you desire, long into the future.
Here’s a look at how our all-natural platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is transforming how we address aging joints.
As time marches on
Your joints, especially the major ones in your ankles, knees, hips, back, spine, shoulders, and elbows, have served you well throughout your life, giving you the ability to move freely. But this hard work can take its toll as your joints begin to break down, which can happen for many reasons.
Leading the charge in this regard is osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cartilage in your joints begins to wear away, leaving your bones to rub together painfully. This type of joint inflammation affects 31 million people in the United States — a number that’s expected to rise as the population ages.
The problem with osteoarthritis is that your cartilage contains no blood vessels to nourish the tissues and encourage rebuilding and repair, which leaves us to mitigate the damage as best we can.
There are many other issues that can affect your joints as you age, including old injuries that rear their heads, repetitive stresses on your tendons, weaker ligaments and muscles, and the list goes on.
The bottom line is that, like any other piece of equipment, the joints in your body simply become weaker and stiffer with age, placing appreciable limitations on your life.
The power of platelets
Your blood contains four main ingredients:
- Red blood cells
- White blood cells
While your platelets are best known for their clotting abilities, they also play a critical role in healing and repair because of the growth factors they contain. For example, if you cut yourself, your platelets rush in to stop the bleeding. That accomplished, they then release powerful growth factors and other proteins that signal your body to repair and rebuild, often bringing in other resources, like stem cells.
Tapping the power through PRP
With platelet-rich plasma therapy, we harness this power and redirect it to where you need it most — your beleaguered joints. To do this, we first draw some of your own blood and then use a centrifuge to isolate your platelets. We mix the concentrated platelets back into a small amount of your plasma and inject the resulting mixture into your joints.
Once they arrive, your platelets immediately go to work by releasing the growth factors, which medical researchers believe accomplish several tasks:
- Alter and minimize pain sensations
- Reduce inflammation
- Stimulate the creation of new cartilage
- Increase lubricating fluids within your joints
This type of regenerative medicine is showing great promise in orthopedic circles as doctors turn to PRP therapy to help patients heal more quickly after surgery or injury. Even cosmetic practitioners are turning to platelets to fight back against aging skin. In other words, the regenerative power of platelets is showing great promise as a universal treatment that encourages better health from within.
If aging joints are hampering your ability to live the active life you want, please give us a call to explore how PRP can help. Or you can use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up an appointment.