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Cigarette Smoking May Limit Platelet Activity in PRP

A study from Istanbul, Turkey looked at the effects of cigarette smoking on the viability of platelets. Platelets are very fragile and special care must be taken in preparing them for injection after increasing their concentration. However, research suggests that smokers may have increased free radicals that affect the oxidant/anti-oxidant balance, thus reducing platelet activity. … Continue reading Cigarette Smoking May Limit Platelet Activity in PRP

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Superkids Charity

    A friend of mine back in NY told me about a wonderful charity. Her brother and sister in law (Stephen and Janet Fink) started this organization after they adopted their daughter from China. Superkids is a non-profit organization that sends physical therapists and volunteers to the Shanghai Children’s Home. They work directly with … Continue reading Superkids Charity

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New Article on Osteoarthritis and Platelet Rich Plasma

A European Study from Oct 07′ by Anitua & Sanchez et al. injected 10 osteoarthritic patients with PRP & studied the cellular effects of PRP. They found an increase in hyaluronic acid concentration, balancing cell proliferation (angiogenesis). However, there was no effect on IL 1-B, which generally plays a role in osteoarthritis. This information gives … Continue reading New Article on Osteoarthritis and Platelet Rich Plasma

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Autologous Blood Use in Horse Osteoarthritis

Another subset in “biologics” is the use a (ACS) Autologous Conditioned Serum. This treatment primarily used in Europe, invlolves production of a substance known as IL-1Ra that attacks the effects of arthritis. While this specific treatment is not approved in the U.S., similar treatments using PRP (Platelet rich Plasma) are being used here to address … Continue reading Autologous Blood Use in Horse Osteoarthritis

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U.S. Professional Soccer Athlete Injected with Platelet Rich Plasma

In addition to chronic (long term) injuries, Platelet Rich Plasma is being applied to the high level athlete to accelerate recovery. Numerous professional athletes have received PRP for a common knee injury, an MC L (medial Collateral Ligament) sprain. While I’m not an elite athlete by any means, I received a similar injection following a … Continue reading U.S. Professional Soccer Athlete Injected with Platelet Rich Plasma

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Bone Marrow Aspirate, Using Adult Stem Cells To Treat Osteoarthritis

Platelet Rich Plasma provides a potent delivery of the body’s healing properties, called growth factors. However in some patients with severe cartilage loss and less viable cells, a stronger pool of healing properties lies in obtaining adult “mesenchymal stem cells” from the hip (iliac crest). In this procedure, Bone marrow is taken from the hip … Continue reading Bone Marrow Aspirate, Using Adult Stem Cells To Treat Osteoarthritis

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American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons New Article on Biologics

“Orthobiologics” or “biologics” are quickly becoming recognized amongst the sports medicine/orthopaedic community as one of the fastest growing industries with tremendous potential. Merging our understanding of how the body heals itself with cutting edge modern technology, we are developing exciting alternatives to standard care. In the Sept 07 AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) Now … Continue reading American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons New Article on Biologics

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New Platelet Rich Plasma Article in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Now Magazine

As PRP use is increasing, we are seeing more articles surfacing discussing it’s potential benefits. In a monthly publication for orthopaedists, the AAOS (Amer Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) released an article titled “Clinical use of Platelet-rich plasma in orthopaedics.” http://www.aaos.org/news/bulletin/sep07/research2.asp In general, the article familiarizes the reader with the science behind it’s uses and advocates … Continue reading New Platelet Rich Plasma Article in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Now Magazine

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Heading to PRP Ultrasound Conference Nov-2nd-3rd, 2007

On Nov 2nd & 3rd, I will be at a PRP course in Ohio. To my knowledge it is the first of it’s kind in the US. Several field leaders and those Physicians interested in learning about PRP will gather there to exchange ideas and further our understanding of PRP. Also, there will be needle … Continue reading Heading to PRP Ultrasound Conference Nov-2nd-3rd, 2007

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New Acupuncture Literature Supports Acupuncture in Low Back Pain

Although acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, it is difficult to study under or western system of evaluating research. However a large study from Germany needled over 1100 patients and found favorable results. 47% improved with acupuncture versus 27% in conventional treatments (Physical Therapy Meds etc.). Interestingly, 42% of sham acupuncture (fake acupuncture … Continue reading New Acupuncture Literature Supports Acupuncture in Low Back Pain

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