By Dr. Keith Feder
Why PRP-Treatment helps to cure osteoarthritis in knees
A single Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection may be enough to alleviate mild osteoarthritis in your knee and improve functionality. That’s what researchers in France came up with in a clinical study. They compared the success of a single PRP injection vs Hyaluronic Acid (HA) supplementation. The results were astonishing.
Overall 54 patients with osteoarthritis in their knees were included in this clinical study. 26 received PRP-treatment, 28 went with HA injections. Whereas both groups felt improvement in functionality of their knees, the study surprisingly concluded that a single PRP injection seemed enough to significantly improve functionality of the injured knee. Most patients receiving the PRP-treatment concluded that they suffered less pain in their knee and that functionality was almost back to normal – after just one treatment!
This is a great breakthrough and furthermore seems to indicate that PRP is the way to go when it comes to knee pain. A lot of people still feel insecure of what PRP really does. Attached is a summary of what this treatment entails and why PRP is a great alternative in treating so many sports injuries.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet rich Plasma. It is human blood that is spun and therefore separates a concentration of platelets above normal values. These platelets have great potential in enhancing the healing of muscle, tendon and ligaments. Think of platelets as part of your own blood. It contains of 93 percent red and six percent white blood cells – and one percent platelets and plasma. Platelets are best known for blood-clotting. They are responsible when it comes to making a wound stop bleeding. They are naturally rich in the connective tissue growth and have extreme healing power. PRP-injections help not only to maximize but to speed up this healing process. You can think of it in the following terms: PRP helps to accelarate the natural healing process.