New research published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, shows that when compared to a placebo control of saline (water), PRP patients had superior benefits. There was a mild deterioration of those improvements at 6 months. This double-blind, randomized trial, conducted in India, showed that PRP injection for knee osteoarthritis is safe and effective. Read the full article here.
Of note, in supporting prior studies and literature, patients with more mild degrees of cartilage damage fared better than those with advanced disease. This suggests that early intervention is key in active individuals to keep them active while protecting the knee and avoiding potentially harmful treatments like cortisone injections.
More powerful biologic treatments are emerging for more advanced cases of cartilage damage including Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC), although more controlled trials are needed. Since our initial publication of PRP use in knee arthritis (Full Article), many studies have shown that it has a strong safety profile and is helpful.
For more of the latest in orthobiologics, plus networking with 20 top speakers and over 100 attendees, attend TOBI 4th Annual PRP Symposium with Cadaver Lab, June 7-8, 2013 in Los Angeles, www.prpseminar.com.