Many Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, as indicated by CDC stats. To treat the condition, one expert recommends platelet rich plasma therapy.

Osteoarthritis statistics

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an incredibly common condition, as indicated by figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with all numbers derived from the Johnson County Osteoarthritis Project. Based on the data, the CDC projects that:

·      Almost half of Americans will suffer from symptomatic knee osteoarthritis due to the aging process, by the time they reach 85. (Arthritis & Rheumatology, 2008)

·      Among those who are obese, almost 7 in 10 will experience joint pain and additional related symptoms of OA for some portion of their lives. (Arthritis & Rheumatology, 2008)

·      A quarter of the population either now experiences or will eventually suffer from pain-inducing OA in their hips. (Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2010)

PRP: an alternative to knee replacement?

Although osteoarthritis is prevalent, that does not mean anyone wants to become less active and allow the deterioration to continue. Mitchell G. of Manhattan wrote to the “Running Doc,” Dr. Lewis G. Maharam of the New York Daily News, explaining that he still run 6 miles a day although he is suffering from severe OA.

“This doctor says I should stop running and knee replacements are in my future,” Mitchell explained. “I have read that PRP may be an alternative to this treatment plan.”

One orthopedist’s perspective

The Running Doc wrote back to Mitchell advising him that platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) was a wise option because it taps into the natural healing capacity of the human body. Maharam said his practice started offering PRP injections in 2011, and he had witnessed marked improvements in recovery since that time. The doctor mentioned that although the results are powerful, many people are not able to afford PRP since insurance plans don’t yet cover the treatment.

The Running Doc also remarked that the procedure became more commonly accepted following the publication of a landmark study in 2013. The research report, which appeared in the January issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, found that PRP was significantly more powerful than a placebo in fighting the joint pain of osteoarthritis. The favorable scientific review, based on a randomized clinical trial, has won over physicians and others who initially doubted the efficacy of the approach.

Expert treatment for effective PRP

Are you suffering from the joint pain of osteoarthritis? You’re not alone. The good news, says the doctor, is that “platelet-rich plasma has specific growth factors that are therapeutic proteins that can indeed act in cartilage repair and repair (healing) of osteoarthritic joints.”

The Flexogenix team has a track-record of excellence treating our patients with PRP therapy and PRP with stem cells. Find out now if you’re a candidate for either of our regenerative medicine programs.