What Happens During and After PRP and Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain?
With PRP therapy, your own blood will be collected. It will then be spun at very high speeds in a lab to create a mixture with a higher-than-normal amount of platelets, which contain special proteins that help with your body’s natural healing abilities (growth factors). With stem cell therapy, undifferentiated cells that don’t yet have a specific purpose will be collected from either fat tissue in your hip or back area or your bone marrow.
Once the blood or adult stem cell mixture is prepared, it will be injected into the affected part of your knee. A local anesthetic is often used to make the injection process more comfortable. You may be advised to use crutches for a few days post-treatment to avoid over-stressing your knee as the healing process begins. It typically takes several weeks or months to notice the full benefits of PRP or stem cell therapy since it takes time for growth factors and stem cells to interact with tissues.
Generally, you don’t want to make PRP and stem cell therapy for knee pain in Los Angeles your first attempt at managing or treating knee-related discomfort. But if you haven’t had success with medication, therapeutic injections not involving PRP or stem cells, a personalized physical therapy routine, and other traditional treatments, you may benefit from PRP and/or stem cell therapy.