Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)
More than 80% of Patients Experience Pain Relief Following PRP for Knee OA
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by the gradual breakdown of cartilage, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. While there is no cure for knee OA, several treatment options aim to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. One emerging treatment that has gained attention in recent years is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Studies have shown promising results in utilizing PRP for knee OA.
Knee OA is a complex condition influenced by various factors such as age, genetics, obesity, and previous injuries. It primarily affects the articular cartilage, which cushions the bones in the knee joint. As cartilage wears away, the bones can rub against each other, causing pain, inflammation, and reduced joint function.
PRP therapy involves using a patient's own blood, which is processed to concentrate platelets containing growth factors and other beneficial substances. These platelets are then injected into the affected knee joint. The growth factors in PRP can stimulate tissue repair and reduce inflammation.
Several studies have investigated the efficacy of PRP therapy for knee OA, yielding positive results. Studies have demonstrated that PRP injections significantly improved pain, function, and quality of life in patients with knee OA. One study reported that 84.2% of patients had pain relief 3 months after the procedure. Another study demonstrated a decrease in pain level following PRP for knee OA according to the Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) from 67.9 to 27.1 (3 month follow-up) and 31.4 (6 month follow-up). Besides, studies have shown that PRP therapy has higher efficacy than hyaluronic acid injections in reducing pain and improving knee function.
Knee osteoarthritis can significantly impact an individual's quality of life, limiting mobility and causing chronic pain. While there are other available treatments, PRP therapy has shown promising results in relieving symptoms and potentially slowing down the progression of knee OA. By harnessing the body's natural healing response, PRP injections provide a non-surgical alternative that can help patients regain function and alleviate pain.
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