January 2012 – A new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine shows that Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are more effective for treating knee arthritis than injections of hyaluronic acid.
Link to study abstract: http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/40/12/2822.abstract
PRP involves taking some of the patient’s own blood, processing it to remove the red blood cells and concentrating the platelets, then re-injecting the platelet concentrate into the affected joint. HA is a synthetic lubricant (Synvisc, Orthovisc, Supartz, Hyalgan, to name just a few), approved for the symptomatic treatment of knee arthritis.
PRP can be effective for osteoarthritis in most joints, not just the knee. It is also excellent for rotator cuff, tennis elbow, and other chronic tendon conditions.
At our practice, we have been doing PRP injections longer than anyone in southern New England, and we are the leaders in PRP and stem cell injection therapies.