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New Hope in Knee Calcification: PRP Treatment

What is PRP treatment?

PRP is the abbreviation of the initials of the English word “Platelet Rich Plasma” and means “platelet rich plasma”. PRP treatment is a new procedure that was initially developed as a cosmetic treatment for anti-aging, but later on, its beautifying effect was noticed in musculoskeletal diseases and it was started to be used in this field. In this formula, it is a natural treatment procedure as the drug is prepared from the patient’s own blood.

PRP injection is not a kind of symptom-suppressing application, but a procedure to treat the disease itself.

How is PRP obtained?

Approximately 20 cc of blood is taken from the patient to a tube containing an anticoagulant drug specially prepared for this purpose. The collected blood is passed through a special centrifugation process. After the centrifugation process, the non-platelet cells of the blood precipitate to the bottom of the tube and a yellow colored plasma liquid rich in platelet cells remains on it. Plasma containing approximately 1 million platelet cells per cubic millimeter is drawn into the injector where the injection will be administered, from the region where the platelets are heavier at the base of this upper fluid. Finally, before the injection, a drug (calcium chloride) to activate the platelets is added to this plasma. PRP is now ready for use and after this stage, it is injected into the knee with the appropriate technique without waiting.

How does PRP affect the body?

Platelet is basically the coagulation cell of the blood and contains growth factor and some natural protective elements. With the drug added to the platelet-enriched plasma with the PRP system, the platelets are activated. Thus, the smoothing factors contained in the platelets are released. Platelet-enriched plasma fluid acts like a natural medicine. It stimulates the cells of structures such as tendon cartilage, where there is injury and damage, and accelerates the beautification in that area. PRP has been shown to have a beautifying effect on cartilage injuries and abrasions, especially in knee calcifications. In such cases, PRP emerges slowly, but it can provide longer-term treatment.

How is PRP applied?

In knee calcifications, it is applied into the knee joint three times in the middle of a month. In cases such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, and shoulder tendon ruptures, 2 injections are usually administered in the middle of a month. It can be applied in short time intervals together with Nahyalurinate injections, which is popularly known as cock comb or cartilage needle. However, cortisone injection with close medium reduces the beautifying effect of PRP treatment.

In which diseases is PRP used?

PRP treatment is most commonly used in knee osteoarthritis, cartilage damage in the knee, and cartilage wear that occurs at an early age. However, it is also used in tennis elbow, shoulder tendon rheumatism and tears, Achilles tendonitis and other tendonitis encountered in athletes.

When does the beautifying effect of PRP treatment begin?

It starts slowly within a few weeks after injection and the smoothing process continues between 3 months and 12 months. For this reason, there is no rapid pain reduction after PRP injections, as in cortisone injections. Especially in knee calcification, the pain gradually decreases after PRP injection and passes within months. However, recurrence of symptoms 6 months to 1 year after cortisone applications is not a common condition after PRP treatment. PRP treatment should definitely be supported by knee exercises and weight loss programs. In addition, when applied together with physical therapy, the results are even more successful.

Are there any side effects of PRP application?

The PRP system has no side effects. It may cause a temporary pain and mild swelling just in the area where it is made. This effect goes away in a few days and there is no casualty damage. In this case, ice application and short-term pain relievers can be used.

Although the information about this natural treatment formula is not much now, the results are promising. Ongoing research on PRP treatment gives positive results and its application areas are increasing. Our experience from our practice in our own clinic shows that PRP treatment is a powerful alternative to classical formulas in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, which has become one of the most valuable health problems of our age, along with the aging society.

I wish you all a pain-free day, stay safe

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