PRP + Alpha-2-Macroglobulin Treatment
Have you been unable to take part in normal sports and activities because of arthritis, or joint pain? Your current joint treatment program may be relieving your pain symptoms, but doing nothing to stop those painful episodes from happening in the first place. Although many patients find that conventional types of treatment offer some temporary relief, they may not be eliminating the underlying source of arthritic joint or back pain.
What is Alpha-2-Macroglobulin?
Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (or A2M for short) is a large plasma protein in the blood that is mostly made by the liver. When a patient is suffering from arthritis, chemicals destroy the cartilage in their joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. This degenerative process will eventually cause the cartilage to disappear completely, which results in painful friction caused by bones rubbing together. (In normal healthy joints, cartilage works as a sort of buffer to prevent bone-on-bone contact.)
How does the A2M Procedure Work?
When our clinic starts an A2M Procedure, the first thing we do is identify which spinal disc the patient is having pain from. Once the disc is identified, we concentrate a product from the patient’s own blood called “alpha-2Macroglobulin.” The ensuing injection will neutralize the enzymes that have been breaking down in the patient’s spinal discs. Last but not least, we plug the tearing of the annular fibers which is where the material is leaking from.
How is A2M different than PRP Therapy?
PRP stimulates a healing response and the first phase of healing involves inflammation. As a result, PRP may initially cause inflammation and discomfort that can potentially last for up to one week. A2M therapy is different in that it actually acts to reduce inflammation by capturing and inactivating the three major chemicals that lead to joint breakdown and cartilage damage. Once these “bad chemicals” are trapped by A2M, the body can then quickly eliminate them.
Is A2M Therapy Right for You?
The joint restoration process will work best when used early in arthritis treatment before destruction has progressed, but A2M injections will reduce pain and repair the damage caused by arthritis in most patients.
If you are interested in learning more about whether A2M will be an effective treatment for you, call us today at 425-528-1402 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hostetter.