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A new study out of Italy recently published in Blood Transfusion outlines the benefits of platelet-derived growth factors for improving tissue regeneration in the field of non-surgical orthopedic care.
Twenty-seven patients, aged between 18 and 81 years, with a diagnosis of degenerative joint disease lasting for more than 1 year were treated. The patients were divided into two groups, one with arthritis of the knee, the other with degenerative cartilage disease of the knee. Both groups were treated with a cycle of three platelet-rich plasma injections at weekly intervals.
Pain rating scales were used before treatment, 7 days after treatment, and again 6 months after treatment. Both groups improved after the initial treatment and there was a further improvement after 6 months of follow-up.
The study references Dr. Steven Sampson’s pilot trial on PRP for knee arthritis. Our practice offers a nearly identical protocol which utilizes a swiss based PRP device to isolate the platelets.
Again and again, we see the benefits of platelet rich plasma for a multitude of degenerative joint conditions endorsed by research studies from all over the world!
A new research study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reveals that treatment of knee joint osteoarthritis with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) benefits patients more than commonly used Hyaluronic Acid injections. The study references Dr. Steven Sampson’s initial pilot trial and is an example of the ever expanding research on new applications for PRP!
The new study, out of the University Hospital of L. Pasteur in Slovakia, included 120 patients with Grade 1, 2, or 3 osteoarthritis which were divided into two groups. One group of patients was treated using three knee joint injections with PRP, and the second group of patients was given three injections of hyaluronic acid, which is the active component in viscosupplements such as Orthovisc, Synvisc, Supartz, and Eufflexa.
Using various outcome measures to measure pain ratings, the study revealed statistically significantly better results in the improvement of pain recorded in a group of patients who received PRP injections after a 3 and 6 month follow-up. Furthermore, no severe adverse events were observed.
The study concluded that platelet-rich plasma is a safe and effective method in the treatment of the initial stages of knee osteoarthritis.
The Orthohealing Center is excited that patients all over the world, from the United Sates to foreign countries such as Slovakia, are reaping the benefits of this cutting edge treatment to help lead pain-free, active lives!
Tune in to see an exciting natural alternative to a cortisone injection and anti-inflammatory meds for joint and tendon pain! The Bauerfeind knee brace which has been so popular with our patients is featured along with helpful tips on avoiding injuries and natural safe treatments.
After treating numerous international Olympic track and field athletes at our Los Angeles center, we initially learned about the buzz surrounding Traumeel. Unfortunately there is little public awareness in the states about this treatment option, however in professional athletic circles there is great demand and respect for this therapy. Athletes will fly to Europe just for this injection, and are not aware that it is available in the US. The treatment is appealing because of its immediate effects combined with a low side effect profile compared to steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications.
Inflammation is a natural and vital response to initiate healing after injury. Most new injuries quickly follow with redness, pain & swelling. This is the bodies attempt to repair itself. However, the inflammation phase can be excessive and prolonged, which delays and disrupts healing. By neutralizing the balance of inflamed cells called “cytokines”, Traumeel restores a balance of inflammation to facilitate healing.
For more information, view this video on traumeel.com.
The Orthohealing Center doctors are recognized worldwide as leading the way for innovative cutting edge therapies to keep people active from pro athletes to weekend warriors. Through the medium of television we have been able to share innovative treatments like PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Neural Prolotherapy, and Traumeel injections.
Dogs treated with platelet therapy from a unique filter-based process showed significant improvement from osteoarthritis-related pain and lameness according to a new study. Results from the study were revealed at the 39th Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) Meeting in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Osteoarthritis, a progressive chronic degenerative joint disease characterized by pain and stiffness in the joints, is a major concern for owners of the more than 72 million dogs in the United States. Approximately one in five adult dogs in the U.S. suffers from osteoarthritis. Common canine treatment methods can range from weight control and exercise to the administration of anti-inflammatory drugs. In an effort to treat the condition rather than just the symptoms, many veterinarians have begun offering alternatives like minimally-invasive cell therapy. Typically offered in conjunction with some of the more traditional methods, cell therapy can help accelerate healing and lead to longer-term relief.
Both centers in the trial (Western University and The Ohio State University) enrolled 10 dogs with radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis, for a total study size of 20 dogs. All dogs were randomized to receive either saline or platelet therapy. The data was convincing because animals who recived saline treatment did not improve, whereas dogs treated with platelet therapy did improve.
The Orthohealing Center is excited that our four-legged friends are deriving similar benefit from platelet therapy that has helped thousands of patients lead pain-free, active lives!
Knee replacement surgery has long helped many patients with severe arthritis, but a new study published online today, March 6th 2012, in the Lancet reveals that not enough is known about patient outcomes or the effectiveness of various implants, and consensus is lacking about the precise indications for the procedure.
The authors, based in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia, write that surgeons need improved decision-making as more and more possible candidates for new knees are younger than 55 years — a group that has a higher rate of revision or follow-up surgery. On another problematic note, some patients undergo the operation despite having good functional ability and only mild pain beforehand. The article, based on a literature review going back to 1970, raises doubts about the evidence on orthopaedic joint implant safety and effectiveness.
Andrew Carr, lead author of the Lancet article, writes that the number of total knee replacements (TKRs) per 100,000 people in the United States increased more than seven fold from 1971 to 2008, for a total of more than 650,000 procedures in 2008.
“No clear consensus exists within the surgical community about exact indications, particularly severity of preoperative symptoms, obesity, and age,” Dr. Carr and coauthors write. They point to a task force organized by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and a rheumatology organization that found that “pain, function, and radiographic severity are not associated with a surgeon’s recommendation for knee replacement.”
In addition to recommending better patient selection and better reporting of outcomes, the authors also call for new strategies to treat early-stage osteoarthritis in younger patients that will “avoid the need for major surgery altogether.”
The Orthohealing Center is aware of the growing trend on the part of patients and physicians to treat arthritic joint conditions involving the knee, shoulder, shoulder, ankle, neck, and back conservatively and is proud to offer a wide array of non-surgical treatment options including steroid injections, viscosupplementation, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and platelet rich plasma injections.
Tune in to CBS 2pm Pacific time Friday March 2nd to learn about a breakthrough new treatment that naturally reduces pain & promotes healing! Dr Steven Sampson demonstrates a knee injection with neural prolotherapy on the Doctors TV show. The show is viewed by millions of viewers worldwide and is a great medium to share this exciting new therapy around the globe. Dr Sampson learned of this revolutionary approach to pain from visiting Dr John Lyftgoft from New Zealand. Dr’s at the Orthohealing Center regularly host thought leaders in orthopedics from all over to adapt new treatment and technology to offer the latest cutting edge therapies to our patients.
Neural prolotherapy is based on the premise that hundreds of nerves exist just beneath the skin and play a key role in regulating pain & healing. When these small nerves get constricted from trauma they increase pressure & dump chemicals called peptides (substance P & CGRP). This leads to pain and inflammation along with swelling of tissue, loss of type I collagen (tendon degeneration), and limited blood flow. These chemicals also have a proven effect on the brain causing depression & exhaustion. Furthermore the release of these peptides trigger an immune response which leads to cartilage deterioration & osteoarthritis. More & more research has pointed to the immune system as a key player in arthritis. Now we believe that by regulating these nerves just beneath the skin, we can regulate the immune system to potentially heal injuries.
This outlook is a complete paradigm shift and will certainly change the way we look at pain. For so long patients have pointed to a spot (like the outside shoulder/deltoid or lower knee) & say “it hurts here.” We would explain to them there is nothing there & the pain is referred. Now we know there is something there & these nerves are critical to promote healing. When we examine patients we now look for these nerves which may be swollen. They can’t be seen on an MRI or x-ray but can be felt & follow a specific anatomical pattern.
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