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Joint Pain Specialist

University Place Medical Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in University Place, WA

Few things can throw a wrench in your normal daily routines faster than joint pain. For men and women in and around University Place, Washington, and the greater Tacoma area, relief is available through the care of the team at University Place Medical Clinic. Don’t live with ongoing joint pain when there are safe and effective treatments available. Schedule an appointment today to begin a path toward lasting relief. You can book your visit online or over the phone.

Joint Pain

What causes joint pain?

Your joints are made of an intricate network of bones, muscles, connective tissues, blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. When something goes wrong with any of these components joint pain can follow.

Some of the issues that commonly lead to joint pain include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Strains or sprains
  • Degeneration of joint components
  • Infection
  • Arthritis

Symptoms of joint pain include swelling, stiffness, limited range of motion, inability to place weight on the joint, weakness, or redness in the area.

What treatments can help with joint pain?

Many cases of minor joint pain will resolve after a period of self-care. Be sure to rest the affected joint, ice it periodically, and elevate it if possible.

For lingering joint pain, platelet-rich plasma therapy is an excellent treatment option. This approach uses a solution created from a small volume of your own blood to speed healing. The treatment is natural and requires no invasive procedures or pharmaceutical interventions.

The process begins with a simple blood draw, similar to what happens when you have blood work done. The sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the liquid plasma. Those platelets facilitate blood clotting and are also filled with growth factors.

Once the platelets are reintroduced to the plasma the solution is ready for use. Your doctor injects the platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, into the affected joint.

How does PRP therapy help ease joint pain?

Researchers are unaware of the exact role that PRP plays in easing joint pain, but a growing number of studies supports the treatment as both safe and effective. The therapy can reduce swelling in the affected joint, which is often a key factor in pain. The growth factors in PRP prompt your body to generate new cells, which may repair damaged tendons and muscle fibers.

There are steps you can take to increase the chances that your PRP therapy will be effective. They include:

  • Follow your doctor’s post-procedure instructions
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Wear a splint for a while to stabilize the joint
  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
  • Elevate the joint at night

If you’re tired of ongoing joint pain and would like to explore PRP therapy in more detail, schedule a visit with University Place Medical Clinic today. Scheduling is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online booking tool.