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LA Times article emphasizes non surgical approach to arthritis

Following the well publicized NEJM article suggesting the ineffective role of arthroscoopy in arthritis, many are looking for alternative treatments that are cost effective with little risk. This article from the LA Times highlights some options including an exercise program, physical therapy modalities, and weight loss. While I agree that physical therapy is beneficial, as … Continue reading LA Times article emphasizes non surgical approach to arthritis

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Platelet Rich Plasma used on Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Takashi Saito

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has seen increased use in professional athletes. Recently, Takashi Saito, a star pitcher for the LA dodgers suffered a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. In efforts to accelerate healing and to avoid a Tommy John surgery, Saito elected to receive the prp injection graft. As a result, He was … Continue reading Platelet Rich Plasma used on Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Takashi Saito

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New knee arthritis study suggests arthroscopies are ineffective

Despite the predominance of knee arthritis in the US, there are few good options for patients hoping to relieve pain & improve function. Physical therapy can help to increase muscle tone to the quadriceps muscles to reduce excessive workload on the joint. Also inflexible muscles can be stretched to restore the normal kinetic chain to … Continue reading New knee arthritis study suggests arthroscopies are ineffective

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Dr Steven Sampson publishes new Platelet Rich Plasma article

My PRP review article is now published in the Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. http://www.springerlink.com/content/5708408818n30275/ The online version is available, and the printed version is coming soon. The article includes nearly 50 literature sources and provides a comprehensive overview regarding platelet rich plasma usage in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Also, the review discusses the promising … Continue reading Dr Steven Sampson publishes new Platelet Rich Plasma article

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New Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Study on Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Gosens & Sluimer from the Netherlands, just reported on a prospective, double blinded, randomized study comparing PRP to cortisone injections in the treatment of 100 patients with tennis elbow. They used a visual analog pain score (1-10) & a DASH score to measure treatment response by 24 weeks. Both groups demonstrated initial improvement. However, by … Continue reading New Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Study on Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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New FDA Approved Study with Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells in Vascular Disease

Using One’s own adult stem cells taken from bone marrow, researchers are studying the effects of potentially preventing amputation in ischemic (poor blood supply)limbs. Doctors do a minimally invasive procedure obtaining stem cells, then much like PRP or platelet rich plasma they increase the concentration and then inject it. Doctors are injecting multiple sights just … Continue reading New FDA Approved Study with Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells in Vascular Disease

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Adult Stem Cells for Arthritis?

Perhaps the next frontier beyond PRP is Stem Cells. While the topic is the subject of much controversy politically, technology now allows us to utilize adult stem cells opposed to embryonic cells to treat disease. Stem Cells are the birthplace of platelets rich in healing properties, which can potentially program cells to regenerate tissue & … Continue reading Adult Stem Cells for Arthritis?

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New Biologics Textbook Includes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

A new textbook was released by Jennifer E. Woodell-May and William S. Pietrzak which includes a chapter reviewing PRP. The chapter includes a literature review including case reports that suggest the multitude of potential applications. One of the chapter’s authors, Jennifer Woodell-May has produced insightful research regarding the role of growth factors & their concentrations. … Continue reading New Biologics Textbook Includes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

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New PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Knee Arthritis Study

We are beginning clinical trials of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in patients suffering with knee arthritis. There is an increasing “boomer” population with earlier knee arthritis as a result from prior trauma including meniscal tears & arthroscopies with scarring and cartilage loss etc. This phenomenon is termed “chondropenia.” We are searching for non-invasive alternatives … Continue reading New PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Knee Arthritis Study

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Platelet Rich Plasma Injection for Hip Bursitis

After initially successfully injecting many patients with tendon & ligament problems, we have been expanding use of PRP to numerous regions including greater trochanteric hip bursitis among others. A “bursa” is a small fluid filled sac that can be found in many areas that reduces friction of gliding tissues. This bursa fills with synovial fluid … Continue reading Platelet Rich Plasma Injection for Hip Bursitis

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