Your hips are highly versatile and powerful, allowing you to perform everyday movements like sitting, walking, and running. So, when they're a source of pain, they can impair not only your activities but also your quality of life.
Hip pain affects about 10% of adults and increases with age.1 PRP Clinic at Synergy Medical offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, an innovative breakthrough therapy that can help relieve your hip pain, recover faster, and stay active.
Hip pain encompasses any pain in or around the hip joint, though it can also be referred pain from other places such as your knees or spine.1
Common causes of hip pain include:2
Whenever possible, your provider may recommend conservative, nonsurgical methods to manage your hip pain, such as:
While NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and even herbal or dietary supplements may be effective in many cases, they aren't without risk and side effects. Corticosteroid therapy is of particular concern as studies have shown it can impair your immune system and lead to bone loss.3,4
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has emerged as a potential therapy for hip pain.
So how does PRP help with hip pain?
A PRP injection delivers a high concentration of platelets, leukocytes, and growth factors to the affected area. These factors appear to be able to turn a toxic, inflammatory environment into a healing one.5
The secretion of growth and anti-inflammatory factors also means that PRP may help repair damaged cartilage.6 This is a significant finding since many other treatment methods focus on managing your symptoms, not actual healing.
The answer depends on the cause of your hip pain.
Several clinical trials have provided support for PRP's effectiveness for patients with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis. In a study published in 2012, 40 patients with severe hip osteoarthritis were treated with PRP injections for 3 weeks. Twenty-three (57.5%) of the patients reported a reduction of pain, and 16 patients showed lasting pain reduction at the 6-month follow-up visit.7
Another study of 9 patients reported similar findings. In this study, all 9 patients reported improvements in their hip pain and function, and the benefits lasted until the 12-month follow-up.8
A 2017 literature review examined 29 articles of PRP administration for degenerative cartilage diseases, 3 of which involved hip osteoarthritis. The authors found that patients who were treated with PRP showed superior results compared to those treated with alternative methods, including hyaluronic acid.9
Chronic hip bursitis is another source of frustration for patients and physicians alike. In a study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons annual meeting, a single PRP injection provided patients significantly more durable and effective relief compared to steroids.10
Studies also show that PRP may help patients with chronic hamstring tendinopathy. In one study, 7 of 14 patients reported at least a 50% reduction in their pain after PRP treatment.11
Your provider will provide instructions on how to prepare for your appointment. Some medications like anticoagulants or NSAIDs may need to be stopped temporarily.
The entire PRP process, which includes preparation and injection, takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. At PRP Clinic at Synergy Medical, you can expect the following steps:
|A technician will draw a small sample of blood from you, which will be placed in a tube.|
|The vial is placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood at high speeds. This separates the platelets from the other blood components.|
|We remove the tube from the centrifuge and separate the plasma layer from the other layers which are then discarded.|
|Once the PRP solution is prepared, your provider will inject it into the affected area where the healing process begins.|
Because PRP triggers a cascade of biological responses, you may experience some soreness or swelling in the injection area for a few days. We recommend taking it easy for a few days after your treatment.
Because PRP is an autologous therapy (derived from your own blood), it has an outstanding safety profile. There is no risk of an adverse reaction or disease transmission. Talk to your provider if you experience any severe discomfort.
When other conservative methods fail, PRP can help you find relief from your hip pain. It's a fast, minimally invasive procedure that allows your body to heal from the inside out.
If you're in the Marysville, OH area and are suffering from hip pain, we may be able to help. Our providers are specially trained in the preparation and administration of PRP. Reach out to us today to learn how PRP can help you live a pain-free life.