Osteoarthritis and Knee Pain
The autologous protein solution (APS) treatment is designed to alleviate pain and bring balance back to your inflamed joint by introducing high levels of “good” proteins concentrated from your own blood. These good proteins can block the “bad” proteins responsible for the inflammatory condition in your joint. At the same time, APS also concentrates growth factors which are beneficial for cartilage health. In addition, APS treatment can reduce pain in the joint, improve joint function and may slow the destruction of cartilage
What can you expect?
The procedure is fairly straightforward. Your doctor will draw blood from your arm and separate it using an APS kit to get the concentrated APS solution. The solution is then injected into the affected knee. After the injection, you might experience a little pain and stiffness, but this should subside after a few days
Day of Injection
Following the injection, you may experience some side effects e.g., generalized swelling in the joint, bruising, local pain associated with the blood draw, or joints injection.
Immediate Post-Treatment Period
First 4-5 days you may experience pain in the injection site or in the joints or both.
There is no cure for Osteoarthritis (OA). But successful treatment with APS can reduce or relieve your pain, which may increase your mobility and comfort. APS treatment may decrease or eliminate pain, reduce stiffness and help restore mobility and flexibility. In general, it is recommended that you minimize your activity level for 14 days and not exceed pre-injection levels. At a minimum, activities, including walking, should be limited for the first 4-5 days or this could result in irritation and swelling of the joint. Training and sports should be avoided for at least for 4-5 days following treatment and ideally, throughout the entire post-treatment period (14 days). This is particularly important if you normally participate in high-intensity or long-distance sports or training.
Pain Reduction Period
Following the Immediate Post-Treatment Period (4-5 days) you can expect a small reduction in swelling, stiffness and pain. Pain relief may be expected after one to two weeks, but for many patients, substantial pain relief normally occurs between 2-4 weeks after treatment. A significant reduction in pain may take up to 8-12 weeks to appear and can occur suddenly or gradually.