A new study shows that PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is effective for treating advanced osteoarthritis (OA) in older patients. The study, published in a recent issue of the The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at 75 patients with advanced knee OA (Grade 3-4) and compared the difference between PRP treatment and cortisone injection. Patients who had the PRP reported significantly better improvement than those who had the steroid injection at both 3 and 6 months after receiving the respective treatments. This study is important because many of the studies looking at PRP have focused on younger patients with milder forms of OA (Grades 1-2). This paper showed that PRP is also effective for treating late-stage OA in people who are older than 67. Here at Valley Sports Physicians we’ve been performing PRP injections since 2007 – longer than anyone in New England and longer than most in the U.S. Few in the country have as much experience with PRP as we do.
Drs. Kozar and Tortland attended a training course on diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is quickly emerging as a preferred method for diagnosing damage to soft tissue structures, such as tendons and ligaments. Injuries such as rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis can be quickly and accurately diagnosed with ultrasound right in the doctor’s office. Ultrasound can also be used to guide injections since the doctor can “see” exactly where the needle is going and guide it to the specific injury site.
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