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PRP Treatment Shows Promise For Knee Osteoarthritis

Monday, June 26, 2017
Blog Snapshot:
  • According to a study from researchers at Hospital for Specialty Surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may delay the progression of knee osteoarthritis.
  • PRP injections, which are still considered a relatively new treatment modality within the medical industry, use a patient’s own blood to deliver healing properties to damaged tissue or bone.
  • The chronic pain and spine specialists at American Spine explain why PRP injections and stem cell therapy may be beneficial for arthritic conditions.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition that gradually wears away the protective cartilage in bones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting approximately 27 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are several treatments that may help reduce pain and slow the condition’s progression.
These treatment options generally include exercise, maintaining a healthy weight (pressure on joints may cause faster deterioration), over-the-counter or prescription pain medications, steroid injections, or total joint replacement surgery. Because surgery may not be ideal for everyone, physicians have been analyzing the effects of a relatively new treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
PRP injections fall under the category of regenerative medicine, a new treatment technique that uses the patient’s own blood or marrow for healing properties (i.e. plasma, platelets, stem cells, etc.). Orthopedic & Wellness currently offers PRP injections and stem cell therapy to help patients heal from chronic musculoskeletal conditions. According to a study conducted by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery, platelet-rich plasma injections improved the pain and function in 73% of patients with knee osteoarthritis. The treatment also appeared to delay the progression of the condition.
Previous studies have demonstrated patients with knee OA can lose up to 5% of knee cartilage each year. In this study, patients had no further cartilage loss. This comes as no surprise to the pain management physicians at Orthopedic & Wellness, especially since they’ve witnessed first hand how promising PRP injections, as well as stem cell therapy, can be for patients with chronic, degenerative conditions.
To learn more about the benefits of platelet-rich plasma injections at Orthopedic & Wellness, visit the regenerative medicine section on our website, or call us today to set up an appointment with a physician!
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.