After the injection, your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild the injured tissues.
The PRP process is quick. You can go home the same day. It may help your injury heal faster. PRP can help treat and eliminate the cause of your pain. Some people need more than one treatment before they heal completely.
If you are looking for alternative ways to treat your hip or knee joint pain, you may consider PRP injections. Studies are being done on the effectiveness and results of using PRP injections to treat osteoarthritis.
In an article by the AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee and the AAHKS Evidence Based Medicine Committee, they reported on a paper "that combined the results of ten prior studies where PRP was used for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee."
What it found was that "compared with injections of saline as the placebo, patients injected with PRP experienced better pain relief and functional improvement up to one year following the injection. When compared with injections of hyaluronic acid (HA – a commonly given injection for arthritis), PRP had small but real improvements in pain relief a year after the injections.1"
For more information on how PRP could be used for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, please visit: American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons - PRP for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.
1. PRP | American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. (2017). Aahks.org. Retrieved 3 March 2017, from http://www.aahks.org/care-for-hips-and-knees/prp-for-the-management-of-osteoarthritis-of-the-hip-and-knee/