Joints in your body are what allow you to move. Bones meet at joints in your knees, wrists, ankles, and hips, flexing to allow you to walk, run, jump, and twist. Ligaments connect your bones to each other, while tendons connect your bones to muscles.
A rubbery substance called cartilage cushions the bones from grinding and rubbing against each other. When this cartilage wears down, it can cause significant pain and restrict freedom of movement.
At Paragon Integrated Medical in Lake Elsinore, California, skilled chiropractor Dr. Patrick Connolly and his friendly and experienced staff provide top notch medical care in a welcoming environment. Dr. Connolly has extensive experience treating painful conditions such as back pain, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia using the latest effective treatments.
Dr. Connolly provides regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) to restore aging joints, allowing you to remain active and vibrant even as you get older.
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary therapy that harnesses your body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the health of your tissues. It is all-natural, using only materials from your own body to improve your health and functioning.
PRP uses a special type of cells that your body produces called platelets, which constantly travel in your bloodstream, ready to react when you have an injury or damage to a part of your body. These platelets are essential in causing your blood to clot, and contain special powerful substances called growth factors that jump-start the healing process.
To complete the PRP therapy, Dr. Connolly takes a sample of your blood and then uses a special machine called a centrifuge to separate the components of your blood. He concentrates the liquid part of your blood (plasma) with extra platelets, and then inserts it into your joints that are causing you pain and immobility.
Why PRP is a game-changer for aging joints
When Dr. Connolly inserts the platelets into your joints, they immediately start repairing the damaged areas, spurring the creation of new tissue wherever it is needed. Your joints are restored, relieving pain you are experiencing and providing you with freedom of movement that allows you to do activities you enjoy.
Within a few weeks of receiving PRP therapy, you begin to see improvements in your joints. The process continues over about six months, giving you improved flexibility and reduced discomfort. This allows you to stay active as you age, further improving the health of your joints.