Hip replacement surgery is most often necessary when the hip joint becomes so worn and damaged that your mobility is greatly hindered and you are in pain even while resting. The most common conditions for hip replacement surgery include osteoarthritis, most notably, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, and hip fractures. While this procedure may provide relief to patients, it is a major surgery that comes with extensive preparation, painful recovery, and lengthy downtime.
Thankfully, there are minimally invasive alternatives to hip replacement surgery that require little downtime and no pain medications. These treatments exist within a groundbreaking field of medicine called regenerative medicine, which focuses on treating the root of your condition and working with your body’s ability to heal itself.
PRP Treatments For Hip Pain
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injections is another targeted treatment that promotes the natural healing processes. In this procedure, the doctor will begin by drawing a small sample of your blood. Using a centrifuge, they will then isolate the platelet-rich plasma. The process results in a nearly colorless substance, which obtains a higher concentration of platelets, growth factors, and proteins.
When these components are targeted at the hip in high quantities, they can assist in your body’s response to injury and encourage healing.
What to Expect After the Procedure
The treatment should take only a few hours from start to finish, and patients can leave our clinic shortly thereafter with relatively no recovery or downtime. Most patients will begin to experience relief within a few weeks after their injection, with pain and inflammation decreasing continuously over the next few months. PRP therapy removes the risks, complications, and painful recovery times accompanying hip replacement surgeries.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and are looking for alternatives to hip replacement surgery, PRP therapy may be the answer. Contact our office today for a free consultation!