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Effectiveness of PRP for OA of the Knee


Which works better for osteoarthritis of the knee?  Find out next…

Efficacy Of Platelet-Rich Plasma In The Treatment Of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Meta-Analysis Of Randomized Controlled Trials.

Dr. Jack Cush writing in Rheumnow reported on a large study evaluating the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) vs other therapies. The analysis showed that at 6 months postinjection, PRP and hyaluronic acid (HA) had similar effects with respect to pain relief.   At 12 months postinjection, however, PRP was associated with significantly better pain relief than HA. The researchers also noted that PRP did not increase the risk of adverse events compared with HA and saline.

Current evidence indicates that, compared with HA, intra-articular PRP injection may have more benefit in pain relief and functional improvement in patients with symptomatic knee OA at 1 year postinjection.

Comment: PRP is definitely an effective treatment modality for OIA of the knee. It must be administered via US though for best results.

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