PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Osteoarthritis

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Recently, emerging evidence has suggested that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may also be of assistance in the treatment of osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions of joints. It is felt that the growth factors may assist in cartilage regeneration and also mediate benefit by providing an immune modulating effect, whereby the inflammatory cascade is dampened. Thus, PRP may act as a natural anti-inflammatory substance to result in symptomatic pain relief of sore arthritic joints.

The process of obtaining PRP for use in treatment of osteoarthritis of joints is identical to that outlined for PRP injections of tendons.

Patients and referring clinicians may have recently become aware of this procedure in the media:
(ACA "New Knees", Friday, August 30, 2013 - http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8715252)
and may therefore find our fact sheet on PRP injections of further assistance.


PRP Injection for Knee Osteoarthritis

An ultrasound machine is used to guide the safe and accurate delivery of PRP into a patient’s arthritic knee.


References

  1. Zhu Y, Yuan M, Meng HY, Wang AY, Guo QY, Wang Y, Peng J. Basic science and clinical application of platelet-rich plasma for cartilage defects and osteoarthritis: a review. Osteoarthritis Cartilage Aug 7. pii: S1063-4584(13)00903-5. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2013.07.017. [Epub ahead of print] 2013
  2. Halpern BC, Chaudhury S, Rodeo SA.  The role of platelet-rich plasma in inducing musculoskeletal tissue healing. HSS J Jul;8(2):137-45, 2012.
  3. Jang SJ, Kim JD, Cha SS. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections as an effective treatment for early osteoarthritis. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol Jul;23(5):573-80, 2013

For more information read:
Melbourne Radiology Clinic - Patient Fact Sheet: Autologous Blood Injection & Platelet Rich Plasma Injections


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