From cooking and cleaning to typing on a keyboard, hands are central to many people’s routines. So, when the pain, stiffness, and swelling of hand arthritis appear, it can be difficult to get through the day. Now, patients have the option of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy to treat hand arthritis with a few simple injections. Read on to learn more!
What is Hand Arthritis?
Hand arthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects the small joints in the hands gradually breaks down, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. This condition most commonly affects the wrist, the base of the thumb, knuckles, and top and second joints of the fingers.
Several types of arthritis exist and may affect the hands, including:
- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It results from wear and tear on the joints over time, often because of overuse or the natural aging process.
- Psoriatic arthritis is related to psoriasis, a skin condition. With this condition, patients experience a skin rash with joint pain, inflammation, and swelling.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, leading to joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
How Can PRP Help With Hand Arthritis
PRP is a regenerative treatment that can help patients suffering from the effects of hand arthritis. PRP is rich in healing platelets taken from the patient’s own blood. When these platelets are directed to the area with arthritis symptoms, such as the hands, it stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Over time, the platelets have anti-inflammatory effects and the body may regenerate the damaged cartilage tissue, leading to relief from pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Since it’s taken from the patient’s blood, PRP doesn’t pose a risk of allergic reactions. Plus, it’s a simple injection with no need for downtime.
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