“Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a simple, low-cost and minimally invasive intervention which is feasible to deliver in primary care to treat degenerative lesions of articular cartilage of the knee. “

Dr Liam G. Glynn, Dr Alaa Mustafa, et al.

"Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for knee arthritis: a feasibility study in primary care", July 2018, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Types of knee pain

Types of knee pain

Because knees bear the weight of the body, they are subject to a wide range of stress and overuse injuries. The most common types of knee pain include—

Arthritis. When the cartilage in your knee breaks down, the ends of the bones in your joints to rub against each other causing pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Muscle and Ligament Sprains. Muscles and ligaments can be injured, resulting in tears in the ACL and MCL. This results in pain and discomfort while reducing your normal range of motion.

Meniscus tears. The meniscus is a layer of padding in your knee that allows for proper motion. Tearing it changes the normal motion of your knee, causing pain and reduced motion.

Bursitis. The inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that helps reduce friction inside your knee. Pain and swelling on the knee cap can happen when you put too much pressure on your knees.

Traditional approaches to treating knee pain

Traditional treatment of knee pain

A wide range of options exist to treat knee pain, from physical therapy all the way up to total knee replacement surgery. Each approach has its risks and benefits, but—short of surgery—they tend to accept knee inflammation as a normal part of the aging process, rather than a condition that can be reversed.

Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone shots

The problem with these less-invasive approaches is that they merely treat knee inflammation as if it is the main problem, when the problem is that the tissues of your knee have become damaged and need to be repaired. Over time, cortisone injections can cause new problems by weakening knee muscles further.

Surgery

At an average cost of $31,000, knee surgery is a big business for hospitals and medical providers. While it may be the right solution in some cases, knee surgery carries its own set of risks. Up to one-third of patients who have knee replacement surgery done continue to experience chronic pain [1], and a recent study published in The Lancet notes that 20 percent of patients do not have “very good clinical outcomes” after knee replacement surgery. [2]

[1] Beswick, D., Wylde, V., Gooberman-Hill, R., Blom, A., Dieppe, P., “What proportion of patients report long-term pain after total hip or knee replacement for osteoarthritis? A systematic review of prospective studies in unselected patients.” British Medical Journal. February 22, 2012.

[2] Price, A., Alvand, A., Troelsen, A., Katz, J., Hooper, G., Gray, Al. et al. “Knee Replacement.” The Lancet. November 3, 2018.

‘Research suggests that up to one-third of those who have knees replaced continue to experience chronic pain, while 1 in 5 are dissatisfied with the results. A study published last year in the BMJ found that knee replacement had “minimal effects on quality of life,” especially for patients with less severe arthritis.’ Liz Szabo

"Treatment or torment? Some knee replacements fail to solve chronic pain.", The Washington Post. December 22, 2018

How PRP is different

How PRP is different

Professional athletes have known about PRP therapy for years. Instead of only treating the inflammation, we focus on repairing your knee’s underlying tissue damage. We take platelets from a sample of your blood, concentrate them into a super-potent serum, and then inject them back into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to stimulate the body’s own healing process. When injected, PRP acts as a stem cell magnet, releasing growth factors that attract stem cells to aid in tissue repair and regeneration in the damaged area. A meta-analysis published in 2017 found PRP to be effective in managing osteoarthritic pain. [3]

For 20 years, PRP therapy has been proven safe and effective by the FDA. Countless professional athletes have used PRP to quickly resolve knee pain with little to no downtime. Doctors are recognizing PRP for its ability to heal soft tissue damage at the cellular level and avoid unnecessary surgery.

[3] Shen, L., Yuan, T., Chen, S., Xie, X., and Zhang, C. “The temporal effect of platelet-rich plasma on pain and physical function in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. January 2017.

“I went for a consultation and Dr. Jethani explained everything to me. Since having my PRP shot one month ago, I haven’t had to take a single pain pill. If you don’t have to have surgery, and you can get off of pain pills with PRP, you’d be crazy not to. I have been telling everybody about this.”

Elizabeth S.

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