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IRAP

 

IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) is an anti-inflammation therapy that is best for patient’s suffering from Osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis causes joint swelling, inflammation and pain due to cartilage damage.  Interleukin-1 is normally secreted by cells when the body is experiencing inflammation in response to the injury.  However, Interleukin-1 can accelerate cartilage damage therein causing an ongoing cycle of joint inflammation and deterioration.

How it Works

The Procedure

Healing Process

Benefits

IRAP

 

IRAP was developed to counteract and slow the progression of the effects of Interleukin-1.  IRAP, once injected into the damaged cartilage, binds to Interleukin-1and prevents it from causing pain and inflammation within the area.  This blocking that occurs is also helpful in then creating an environment in the cartilage where a natural healing cascade can develop.

How it's Done

 

IRAP is like PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy in that blood is taken from the patient and processed with a centrifuge.  However, in IRAP, a specialized syringe is used to collect the blood which then stimulates the production of the antagonist protein.  The blood in the syringe is incubated for 18-24 hours.  Once this process is done, the syringe is put in a centrifuge which then separates out the plasma that has been enriched with the antagonist protein.   The affected joint is then injected using ultrasound guidance typically once a week for three weeks.

 

Healing Process

 

 

Benefits

 

  • Stops the increase of damage caused by Osteoarthritis
  • Prevents pain and inflammation within the diseased joint
  • Improves joint function

 


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Results may vary based on individual’s overall health, lifestyle, severity of the orthopedic condition being treated and responses are not guaranteed. The information on this site is solely for purposes of general patient education, and may not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your own physician for evaluation and treatment of your specific condition.