Arthritis is a pathology that attacks joints and causes severe disability. It develops slowly and pain increases with time. Although there are no treatments available to mitigate the development of arthritis, there are options available that help patients manage pain and remain active.
Initial phases initial phases, arthritis is treated with non-surgical methods such as:
- Weight loss
- A change in activity levels
- Steroid injections
- Ialuronic acid injections
- PRP- Platelet Rich Plasma
Ialuronic acid is a fluid-like gel that is injected into the joint as a lubricant, resulting in pain control and restoration of normal function. There are different Ialuronic Acid injections available, and your surgeon will make the most appropriate choice based on patient characteristics, age, and level of activity.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) refers to the taking of a patient’s blood and processing it with a machine that extracts the needed platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the joint. The fluid is rich in anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce pain, improve joint movement and aid in the return to normal daily activities.