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Archive for March 2011

New Study in American Journal of Sports Medicine shows PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy more effective than cortisone injection at 2 Year Follow up

Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Steven Sampson D.O.

The March 2011 edition of The American Journal of Sports Medicine published an article that showed superior results in pain and function from PRP Platelet Rich Therapy Injection compared to a cortisone shot at 2 year follow up. The controlled blinded study is the largest of it’s kind involving 2 Dutch teaching Hospitals. Overall 100 patients with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) were involved in the study.

More & more studies are emerging on PRP therapy. Not all will be positive do the the variablity of study design, injection technique with or without ultrasound or x-ray guidance, platelet concentration, and severity of existing injury.

Nonetheless we’ve seen this procedure come along way in the nearly 5 years since we began conducting research & treating patients with PRP.  We are principal investigators in the largest US controlled & blinded clinical trial on PRP involving 12 centers to determine if PRP injections are a safe & effective treatment for tennis elbow. Enrollment has been complete for almost 2 months with 230 patients.

A recent study in Orthopedics also demonstrated efficacy in PRP treatment for golfers & tennis elbow.

Performing reserach takes lots of time & resources, however as clinicians we have a responsibility to document our work & add the the field of regenerative medicine to maximize benefits & safety to our patients. There is much skepticism in the media regarding this novel therapy & many others. What most don’t realize is that publishing a 2 year study of this magnitude requires considerable time & resources. Congrats to the authors. Our 1 year knee arthritis PRP study took years to reach publication with lack of resouces etc.



Dr Steven Sampson Receives Academic Title at UCLA

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by Steven Sampson D.O.

We’re proud to announce that Dr Steven Sampson was recently awarded the academic title: Clinical Instructor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr Sampson proctors a musculoskeletal outpatient clinic in Bakersfield, CA & mentors medical students & residents on the speciality of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Additionally Dr Sampson & Dr Aufiero serve as clinical preceptors for the Western University of Health Sciences.



Orthohealing Center featured in Cleveland Clinic Arthritis Advisor

by Steven Sampson D.O.

We are proud to announce that Dr Steven Sampson’s PRP Knee Osteoarthritis study was featured in the March 2011 edition of the Cleveland Clinic Arthritis Advisor. The journal features innovative treatments for Osteoarthritis & we’re thrilled to be included in the prestigious patient friendly publication.

While Dr Sampson’s study included a small # of patients, it paves the way for further research to examine which conditions may best respond to PRP. Major institutes like the Cleveland clinic, Harvard University/Massachusetts  General Hospital, & HSS are featuring this innovative therapy.

We have seen increased interest from Doctors abroad, who will be attending our upcoming PRP seminar in Los Angeles, CA. Attendees are coming from Monaco, Philippines, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Spain & more!  By bringing like minded docs together we can further the advancement of regenerative medicine.



Cleveland Clinic Arthritis Advisor: Blood Spinning Therapy Triggers Knee Pain Relief

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by admin




Orthohealing Center launches breakthrough Natural alternative to anti-inflammatories and sleep agents!

Monday, March 7, 2011 by Steven Sampson D.O.

The Orthohealing Center is excited to offer a premiere line of encapsulated Rx Medical Foods. A safer alternative to medication such as anti-inflammatories and sleep agents, medical foods utilize state-of-the-art targeted cellular technology and have been shown in clinical trials to manage the increased nutritional requirements of disease and injury without harmful side effects. Many of our patients are not candidates for anti-inflammatories because of their side effects. Now they have an natural yet potent alternative!

Medical foods supply the body with the necessary vitamins, components, minerals and other nutritive substances that are formulated to provide nutrition support for the whole body. Medical foods differ from supplements because they have been regulated by the FDA and must be prescribed by a physician. They can be used alone for relief or can be combined with a low dose prescription medication for more powerful effects while reducing the risk for harmful side effects.



Orthohealing Center featured in Game Ready case report: Avoiding the Knife: Game Ready Minimizes Pain & Swelling after Non-Surgical Regenerative Procedures

by Steven Sampson D.O.

Dr Steven Sampson was featured in a case report published recently by Game Ready, a leader in sports cryotherapy. Most professional sports teams around the world are utilizing cutting edge technology with Game Ready. We use the Game Ready to accelerate healing following PRP and various injection therapies. In the article, Dr Sampson describes how he became a patient after a fateful surfing accident & used Game Ready after PRP therapy to assist in full recovery without pain medications or surgery.



The Orthohealing Center Publishes new article on Duptyren Contracture of the hand

by Steven Sampson D.O.

We are pleased to announce another new peer reviewed publication this yr. In the Feburary 2011 Journal of American Osteopathic Association, Management of Dupuytren Contracture With Ultrasound-Guided Lidocaine Injection and Needle Aponeurotomy Coupled With Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Duptyren Contracture is a disabling condition where scar tissue forms on the palm causing restricted range of motion & pain. Surgery is often required but has serious complications and a high recurrence rate with significant recovery time. 

Initially I learned about an experimental treatment being done at UCLA to avoid surgery. They were blindly needling the palm and injecting a local anesthetic to break up scar tissue. We took it one step further & published the first known case of ultrasound guided needling for this condition coupled with osteopathic manipulation with manual therapy. With the ultrasound we were able to visualize the irregularity & properly numb the region with little to no pain reported. We were amazed to see a full recovery without any complications. Just another example of how to be on the ‘cutting edge’ without surgery!



Avoiding the Knife: Game Ready Minimizes Pain & Swelling after Non-Surgical Regenerative Procedures

by admin




The Orthohealing Digest: March 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011 by admin




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