Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints that causes the protective cartilage layer in the joint to become thinner. Restricted movement and pain are the result. Those affected often describe the pain as dull, stabbing or pulling – and above all as excruciating. It usually occurs when the affected joint is loaded, for example when walking or climbing stairs. In advanced cases, the pain can also occur at rest. There are various therapies that can alleviate the suffering of osteoarthritis. One of them is autologous blood therapy (PRP therapy), which we offer in our private practice for orthopedics and traumatology in Frankfurt.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis refers to the wear and tear of a joint in which the cartilage is worn away and thus damaged. This causes cartilage and bone to rub against each other and change shape during movement. Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in the hands, knees, hips and vertebrae, but can also affect shoulder, finger, toe and ankle joints.
It is important to distinguish between arthritis and osteoarthritis. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint, while osteoarthritis is a wearing away of cartilage. When the joint becomes inflamed due to arthrosis, we physicians speak of arthrosis-arthritis or activated arthrosis.
Autologous blood therapy for osteoarthritis: innovative treatment option
Autologous blood therapy originates from alternative medicine. Thanks to its efficacy, it is also becoming increasingly important in orthodox medical practices – including ours. This is due to the growth factors contained in human blood. Therapy with platelet-rich plasma from your blood can slow down the degeneration process of your joints and thus delay the progression of the disease. We can also use the procedure to relieve arthritis pain and improve your mobility. The procedure is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate osteoarthritis.
How does autohemotherapy for osteoarthritis work?
First, we draw a small amount of blood from your arm vein – just like a traditional blood draw. Then we put the blood into a special machine that separates the components of the blood. This is how we obtain the platelet-rich plasma we need for osteoarthritis therapy. It contains a strong concentration of platelets or growth factors. These in turn are original cells that can develop into almost any other “mature” cell. It further contains regenerative and anti-arthritic components. We inject the solution produced in this way into your affected joint using a special double syringe (Arthrex Double Syringe).
Autologous blood therapy for osteoarthritis in Frankfurt
In our practice in Frankfurt, we use PRP therapy, for example, if cartilage-building preparations do not have any effect or if you do not want cortisone injections (anymore). Although cortisone is effective, it has significantly more side effects than autologous blood therapy.
Just contact us if you have any questions or would like to make a consultation/treatment appointment!
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