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PRP for Knee Arthritis

When talking with other physicians about regenerative injections and PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections), I commonly hear the response "well, it is worth a try and I can't see that it hurts, but until there is more data out there I don't recommend it to my patients".

The tides are changing.

I recently read an editorial commentary, "The Time Has Come to Try Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Your Patients With Symptomatic Knee Arthritis", written by an orthopedic surgeon in the journal, "Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery". In the article, an esteemed orthopedic surgeon exhorts his surgical colleagues to begin trying PRP injections for patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Why? Quite simply, because the data is there, and in randomized controlled trials shows significant pain relief and functional improvement. So, yes, there is good data and it is time to get on board and get with the times!!

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Sarah Vlach