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Here’s What You Need to Know About OA and PRP Treatment DO YOU SUFFER FROM OSTEOARTHRITIS?
As residents of Florida, we have the best lifestyle the U.S. has to offer! All year round, Floridians have the opportunity to pursue their passions, whether it be golfing, boating, kayaking, or snorkeling. But if you have osteoarthritis (OA), it can prevent you from taking full advantage of the warm-weather lifestyle we enjoy in the Sunshine State. Luckily, there are treatments available. One particularly effective, up-and-coming remedy for osteoarthritis is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and it’s helped many folks afflicted with OA return to the activities they love. Here is a quick breakdown of what osteoarthritis is and how PRP treatment can help you get you back to doing what you love all year round. According to Arthritis.org, osteoarthritis is “the most common type of arthritis. When the smooth cushion between bones (cartilage) breaks down, joints can get painful, swollen and hard to move. OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck.”OA can happen to anyone, but symptoms typically surface around the age of 50. At first, the signs are hardly noticeable, but they worsen over time. PRP is plasma in the blood that contains concentrated platelets which are filled with massive pools of bioactive proteins. What’s special about these proteins is that they include growth factors imperative to starting and accelerating tissue repair and regeneration. That means the proteins can heal connective tissue, regenerate and repair bone, further the development of new blood vessels, and invigorate the wound-healing process. As you can probably guess, PRP therapy has been shown to be highly effective for treating specific types of osteoarthritis. When OA is located in the knee, PRP therapy has been found to be especially effective for treatment. One particular study from the medical journal Orthopade found that “Intra-articular PRP injections into the knee for symptomatic early stages of knee osteoarthritis are a valid treatment option.” In addition to the evidence supporting OA treatment in the early stages, there is plenty to indicate that it’s a viable treatment option for all stages of osteoarthritis. A 2018 study conducted by Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine also discovered evidence that further supports the efficiency and safety of using PRP injection therapy to treat OA.
All that said, the practicality of any treatment is just
as important as its efficacy. Given this concern, medical researchers in Ireland led a multinational research team to define how practical
PRP treatment is for people with
osteoarthritis. What they found was that nine patients showed improvement with no increase in OA symptoms or pain. Additionally, they concluded that PRP therapy is a minimally invasive process that is feasible for the care of OA specifically in knee joins.
While this research shows a lot of promise, trying new treatments can be concerning. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. I want all my patients to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities here in Florida. Give us
a call at 1-833-448-8367 to schedule an appointment or visit our Stuart, Miami, or Palm Beach Gardens offices.
-Dr. Carl Gittens
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