Chronic conditions like osteoarthritis or sudden damage like sports injuries can cause intense joint pain, but you don’t have to suffer any longer. At Star Laser, Lakshmi Palakurthi, MD, delivers joint injections that combine two powerful healing substances: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid. Both substances already exist in your body, which means that you quickly and easily integrate them to get fast relief. Book online or call the Troy, Michigan, practice for more information.
During joint injections, Dr. Palakurthi injects platelet-rich plasma (PRP), hyaluronic acid, or both substances directly into a joint that's painful due to either acute sudden injury or a chronic condition such as osteoarthritis.
Joint injections deliver powerful healing and protective substances directly into the area where your body needs them the most, and can greatly enhance and speed up your recovery time if you're injured. If you have pain in your joint, joint injections offer effective pain relief for much longer than oral or topical medications possibly can.
PRP is inside your body already, as part of your blood. The platelets in your blood are full of growth factors that play an integral role in healing. Ordinarily, your blood has a fairly low concentration of platelets, but PRP therapy extracts and concentrates those platelets to create a super-powerful plasma with up to 10 times as many platelets as usual.
Dr. Palakurthi takes a small blood sample, then uses a state-of-the-art centrifuge machine to spin the blood very rapidly. This extracts the platelets to form A-PRP®/ PRP™ for use in joint injections.
Hyaluronic acid is near-identical to the hyaluronic acid that's stored in your joints. It lubricates and helps protect the joint from damage. However, over time, and with injury, the natural hyaluronic acid leaks away. Hyaluronic acid injections can replace that natural lubrication and protection.
Sometimes, PRP and hyaluronic acid are combined for joint injections. This can give you pain relief, improved range-of-motion in the painful joint, and reduced joint stiffness for a long time.
It can vary widely from one patient to another. If you're dealing with a sports injury or other injury, joint injections can speed up your healing and reduce your pain, helping you to achieve full recovery. After that, you don't need retreatment unless you're injured again.
In the case of chronic pain, you may enjoy anywhere from several weeks to many months of pain relief. Every patient is unique. Most joint injection patients find that it's a great way to feel better without having to rely on medication exclusively.
To book your joint injection consultation, use the online scheduler or call Star Laser today.