At Padgett Medical Center, we treat osteoarthritis with 3 options. Our doctor injects PRP, Amniotic Fluid or Stem Cells directly into the affected joint. The result is reduced pain & improved joint function. Each of these procedures have also been attributed to the possible slowing, stopping and even repairing damage to the actual cartilage itself.
PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a ground breaking non-operative treatment option that relieves pain by naturally promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP injections have been attributed to athletic injuries, enabling these patients to return back to regular activities and competition with minimal to no pain at all. But remember, this is not only for athletes and is becoming common for every day individuals with joint issues.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as “PRP Therapy” or ACP (autologous conditioned plasma ) therapy, utilizes the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, and/or even bone. More and more, a growing number of people are turning to PRP injections to treat an expanding list of orthopedic conditions, including osteoarthritis. It is most commonly used for knee osteoarthritis, but may be used on other joints as well.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from a sample of Padgett Medical patient’s own blood. The PRP injections contain plasma with a much higher concentration of platelets than is found in normal blood. PRP therapy presents patients with a long lasting, permanent solution through the body’s natural healing process. PRP is not something that wears off over time as with a traditional pain injection.
Amniotic Fluid Treatments
Amniotic and chorionic products have been used successfully for over a century in the setting of problematic tissue healing and have enjoyed a stellar safety record. Following recent clinical success with treating orthopedic injuries, there has been renewed interest in the use of allograft tissue treatments for musculoskeletal disease and injury. An abundance of scientific and clinical evidence has demonstrated the relationship between the molecular healing mechanisms and the clinical success of treatment in the setting of chronic inflammation where amnionic/chorionic products have been used.
Scientific investigations have concluded that there may be a significant clinical role for amniotic fluid in the setting of osteoarthritis pain. A study presented in 2015 at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Meeting concluded that “Amniotic fluid may be a safe and effective alternative to hyaluronic acid (HA) for osteoarthritis pain.”
“Amnionic fluid demonstrated in this study to offer pain and functional improvement that is greater at 13 weeks than at 30 days; thus it appears to offer longer-lasting relief at a higher level [than hyaluronic acid],” said lead author Didier Demesmin, M.D., a pain management specialist with the University Pain Medicine Center in Somerset, N.J.“It also demonstrated a much lower incidence of pain, swelling or inflammation compared to other injections,” said Noreen Rana, M.P.H., research director at the center.”
Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell treatment takes advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself. With umbilical cord stem cell therapy, the medicine physician injects stem cells from umbilical cord tissues into your body. These stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to cortisone and steroid shots. However, stem cell therapy goes far beyond the benefits of standard “injection therapy.”
While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in umbilical cord stem cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.