The meniscus is a layer of cartilage in the knee that protects the shinbone from rubbing against the thighbone. When a severe twist of the knee occurs, this layer of cartilage can tear. A meniscus tear can result in inflammation, pain, stiffness and difficult extending the knee. While rest, ice and physical therapy can relieve many tears of the meniscus, some more severe tears could need treatment or surgery. One option to avoid surgical repair in PRP injections to promote faster healing.
PRP Injections for Meniscus Tears
Meniscus tears can be slow to heal. Even if surgery is performed, the meniscus can be resistant to healing. The knee components in general are prone to degeneration and cartilage will not regenerate on its own. One treatment that has been found be to effective for improving cartilage repairs such as a meniscus tear is PRP injections.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a substance that is retrieved from the patient’s own blood. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient to create this substance. The blood is sent through a centrifuge, which filters out the valuable platelets. This concentrated plasma is sterilized and can be injected back into the body, usually in a targeted area that needs healing like the meniscus. The high levels of growth factors in PRP stimulate healing and can help the body repair itself. Since PRP comes from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of adverse reactions or any negative side effects.
If you experience a meniscus tear that is slow to heal, or you want to avoid surgical repair, PRP injections could be an option for treatment. Contact a medical practitioner that offers PRP injections for joint issues to determine whether this is an option for treating your meniscus tear.