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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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New Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) review article for tendon injuries and arthritis

In a Jan/Feb 08 issue of Practical Pain Management, the authors describe PRP use in tendon injuries, spine conditions, as well as hip & knee arthritis. The article emphasizes a need for agreed upon nomenclature. An interesting concept addressed is whether a gel matrix is needed for the platelets to adhere to the target site. … Continue reading New Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) review article for tendon injuries and arthritis

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Treatment of Achilles Tendinosis with Shock Wave Therapy

An article from Jan 08’in the JBJS (Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery), that documented low energy shockwave therapy was effective in treatment of non-healing achilles tendinosis. The randomized controlled trial showed that 64% of patients receiving shock wave(group I) were completely recovered or much improved, versus 28% of those who received an eccentric loading … Continue reading Treatment of Achilles Tendinosis with Shock Wave Therapy

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Multi Center Clinical trials of Platelet Rich Plasma Underway

Many trials are in the pipeline in efforts of obtaining FDA approval for PRP injections. There is a multi-center placebo controlled double blinded study underway looking at plantar fasciitis(heel pain) & lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). http://www.biomet.com/patients/clinical_recruitment_recover.cfm Also, Thanks to the many patients inquiring about info on docs around the country performing PRP procedures. Feel free … Continue reading Multi Center Clinical trials of Platelet Rich Plasma Underway

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January 08′ Platelet Rich Plasma Enhances Tendon Healing

A new article from the Journal of Cellular Physiology presented some new insights into the role of PRP in tendon healing. After injecting PRP into mice patellar tendons, accelerated healing was demonstrated. The PRP had an 8.8 times platelet concentration above baseline versus whole blood. Circulation derived cells play a key role in tendon healing. … Continue reading January 08′ Platelet Rich Plasma Enhances Tendon Healing

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