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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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A need to Clarify Platelet Rich Plasma use in International athletes

A new article from the British Journal of Sports Medicine Nov 07, reviews PRP (Platelet rich Plasma) use in sports medicine. After a good thorough review, they point out that using growth factors is considered a doping violation by the WADA (World Anti-Doping agency). THE WADA created in 1999 to promote, coordinate, and monitor the … Continue reading A need to Clarify Platelet Rich Plasma use in International athletes

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Ultrasound Guided Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

A growing number of physicians are using musculoskeletal ultrasound to guide various injections. As a leading imaging technique in Europe, ultrasound is safe, economic, convenient, & effective in diagnosing many injuries. The technology has dramatically improved and allows us to visualize nerve & tendon fibers. While the quality is not quite MRI caliber, ultrasound allows … Continue reading Ultrasound Guided Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

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New Platelet Rich Plasma Web Site

I recently launched a web site on PRP. It is another resource for health professionals & patients to learn more about this emerging therapy. Additionally, I will be hosting a conference in early May 2008, in Los Angeles to train other physicians on the use of PRP along with musculoskeletal ultrasound guidance.   www.PRPinjection.com   … Continue reading New Platelet Rich Plasma Web Site

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Platelet Rich Plasma Cartilage/Arthritis Study in Rabbits

In a recent study from October 2007, a group from China was the first to document platelet rich plasma’s ability to support chondrogenesis (cartilage cell growth). They took cartilage from the rabbit’s ear, & mixed it with PRP and calcium chloride & thrombin (to form a matrix). Two months later, hard knobbles were found and … Continue reading Platelet Rich Plasma Cartilage/Arthritis Study in Rabbits

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