Avoiding The Need For Surgery With The Latest Osteoarthritis Treatments

2011-09-08 | |
Last updated: 2011-09-08

What Nonsurgical Osteoarthritis Treatments Are Currently Available?

One relatively new treatment that is currently available is the use of concentrated blood products to promote healing, called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Doctors performing the treatment spin a patient’s own blood in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelet blood cells. These blood cells are responsible for clotting as well as promoting healing in an injured area through the release of “growth factors”. Once the cells are concentrated, the doctor injects the concentrated blood product back into the damaged joint. The cells then promote healing of the damaged cartilage within the joint.

Based on Research conducted at the Los Angeles Orthohealing Center, researchers were able demonstrate “significant improvements” in levels of pain and other symptoms within the set of Osteoarthritis patients. The patients received injections 3 injections at 1 month intervals and were monitored for a year to observe the results. These results are important because they suggest a relatively simple and nonintrusive alternative to conventional knee replacement surgery.

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Category: Disease Information, Medical Research, Medical Treatment

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