Learn Why Platelet Rich Plasma Is The Most Effective Treatment Method For Knee Osteoarthritis!
Generally, treatment modalities include nonpharmacological, pharmacological, and surgical approaches. Intrarticular platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a promising treatment for early stages of knee OA, here is why:
PRP can accelerate the physiological recovery process, relieve pain, and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity.
These complex interactions are attributed to the more than 30 bioactive proteins contained in the alpha granules of platelets including growth factors and proteins, such as fibrin, fibronectin, vitronectin, and thrombospondin.
Intra-articular PRP injections are a safe and effective treatment to reduce pain and improve quality of life through to increase function in knee osteoarthritis.
PRP is a better option than hyaluronic acid for many knee OA patients.
Since PRP is obtained from the patients’ own blood, immune reaction or blood-borne diseases are highly unlikely to occur.
Despite its use, there has been conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of PRP in treating knee OA. A recent meta-analysis from 2017 reviewed 14 randomized controlled trials with a total of 1,423 participants. It found that PRP appears to be effective in managing pain associated with knee OA.
Researchers noted that, compared with placeboes, PRP injections significantly reduced pain scores at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. And compared with controls, PRP significantly improved physical function at these follow-ups. The study did not see a significant improvement in postinjection adverse events.
Who is a good candidate for this treatment?
You may be a good candidate for PRP if your symptoms of OA of the knee are not manageable through conventional methods such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and physical therapy.
PRP injections are considered experimental, however. That means that they may not be covered by insurance. It also means that there is limited research around the safety and effectiveness of this treatment. Work closely with your doctor before starting any experimental treatments.
How can someone prepare for PRP?
Ask your doctor about anything you should do or avoid doing prior to the treatment. Follow their guidelines. You will likely need to:
-avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications seven days prior to PRP
– have an MRI of your knee so your doctor can determine the extent of the damage
– arrange to use crutches up to two days after the injection have somebody drive you home
You should also contact your insurance provider before the procedure to see if they will cover any of the expenses. Because this is considered an experimental procedure, your insurance provider may not provide any coverage. Be aware of the costs beforehand so that you aren’t surprised. If your insurance provider won’t cover the costs, or if you are uninsured, talk to Dr. Feder’s staff about arranging a payment plan.