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June 11th, 2018
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Pain in the knee

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been present in the medical industry for than a decade serving as an effective arthritis pain medication and osteoarthritis treatment. However, this novel therapy has seen a dramatic increase in popularity with distinguished athletes and common individual opting for this treatment as an arthritis pain medication.

For instance, Barbara Nwaba, an Olympic heptathlete, has chosen PRP therapy to recover from a damaged knee. Suffering from stress fracture along with a small pothole in the knee, Nwaba turned to her doctor to use PRP therapy in combination with stem cell therapy to regenerate and revitalize the injured areas of her body.

“With all the events and jumping and stuff I do I need all the help I can get,” stated Nwaba.

Other than the Olympic athlete, Ilene Feldman, an active baby boomer from Encino also opted from PRP therapy as her arthritis pain medication to maintain her active lifestyle. Feldman, who loves to cycle, box, and hike, was always in search of a medical treatment that can reduce her joint pains, effectively. Feldman stated that she has already undergone surgery on her left knee for arthritis and her hip joints were also in a bad place before she opted for PRP therapy to significantly reduce the pain in her joints.

The Science Behind Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

PRP therapy is a completely natural alternative treatment modality that has been designed to repair damaged ligaments and meniscus, carry out cartilage regeneration, and reduce pain and swelling. Apart from these, the therapy is also cost-effective and can be afforded by all who are looking for an alternative to surgery. PRP therapy works best for musculoskeletal injuries and as an arthritis pain medication and treatment. PRP therapy boosts the natural healing powers of our body by providing the body with the necessary elements -growth factors – required for tissue regeneration in the affected area.

Our blood is composed of three major elements, namely, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and platelets. While the WBC is a part of the body’s immune system, the RBCs’ deliver oxygen to all parts and organs of our body. Platelets on the other hands help the blood to clot to prevent blood loss during injuries. Apart from this major functionality, the platelets contain growth factors, which stimulates the living cells of our body to grow. The mixture used in PRP therapy is basically prepared of blood plasma containing a high concentration of platelets than what is normally found in blood. The high platelet concentration delivered at the site of injury provides a biological boost to the natural healing process of the body.

How are These Mixtures Prepared?

PRP injections are prepared by drawing blood from the patient. The solid and liquid components of the blood are then separated with the help of centrifuge, increasing the concentration of the elements. The highly concentrated platelets are then mixed with the plasma and injected directly into the injured area of the patient.

The process of separation is carried out in two stages. In the primary phase, the platelets and plasma are separated from the RBC and WBC. In the second stage, the centrifuge is given a harder spin to separate the platelet-poor and platelet-rich plasma components, creating a more concentrated form of the mixture. This concoction is then administered in the joint space of the patient.

Efficacy of PRP Therapy as Arthritis Pain Medication

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after evaluating data collected by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) concluded that 22.7 percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffers from arthritis. The numbers increase considerably with age as 23.5 percent women and 18.1 percent men from higher ages suffer from this health condition.

Several scientific research has been carried since 2000 to look into the efficacy of PRP therapy for osteoarthritis. However, these scientific studies saw the light of the day only since 2010 after they were published in scientific journals.

In 2010, Sampson and colleagues carried out a pilot study to look into the effectiveness of PRP injections for patients suffering from primary and secondary knee osteoarthritis. Researchers stated that the modern, traditional treatments of osteoarthritis focus more on pain relief and alleviating the symptoms of the health condition rather than to treat the actual cause of the problem. PRP injections, on the other hand, influence the biochemical environment of the affected bone joint and bringing permanent relief to the patients. The researchers at the end of the study observed significant and linear improvements in the osteoarthritis and knee injury outcome scores, which includes symptom and pain relief.

Similarly, in 2013, a group of researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery demonstrated the positive effects of PRP therapy for patients with knee osteoarthritis through a scientific research. The treatment not only improved joint function and served as an effective arthritis pain medication, but also delayed osteoarthritis progression in 73 percent of the patients involved in the study. Given that osteoarthritis is progressive in nature, the study results have been tremendously positive.

The latest study conducted in November 2017 documented the various benefits of PRP therapy for reduced muscle strength in knees and knee osteoarthritis. The study showed that this autologous therapeutic discourse worked as an effective arthritis pain medication, apart from improving knee disability and stiffness in patients.

In Conclusion

The price of PRP injections varies with the minimum being $500 and maximum of $11,000. While the therapy cost is not covered by insurance as it is still pending approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the treatment is comparatively much cheaper and safe than other traditional treatment methods, like knee and hip replacement.

However, doctor’s consultation and a prescription is a must before an individual decides to undergo the Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) therapy.

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Rich G.

Dr. Reza is a genius. My knee has been bothering me for YEARS since I tore my meniscus playing football. Achy, bothersome, with occasionally a limp. I went in to to get PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and it was everything I thought it would be and then some. The whole procedure took less than an hour, very little to no pain and in less than 24 hours my knee felt brand new. If you are looking for a quality Doctor who offers PRP -- go here! The rates are very on point. He is literally THOUSANDS of dollars less than some other clinics and believe me he does such an amazing job, he could charge 10x's and it would still be worth it. Don't sit there suffering, get up and get help. I am actually thinking of getting my other knee done and its not really necessary. Lol.. 10 STARS...

E Y.

Dr Reza is FANTASTIC. Staff is friendly and very accommodating. I was in such pain. He diagnosed the issue (Bursitis) and clearly understood everything about it from A-Z. So efficient and understanding, not to mention making the procedure painless. I barely slept a hour the night before, saw Dr. Reza at 5pm and was feeling a million times better by 7pm. It's been 36 hours and I went from practically a frozen shoulder in pulsating pain to gaining back 70% of my movement range and most importantly "NO PAIN". just stiffness which is the normal symptoms as kindly explained to me by Dr. Reza. Everything is as promised, I am fully confident that I will be back to 100% range of motion within 3 days. I'm still gonna take it easy and slowly stretch my shoulder back to full strength. Without his service, I would probably be feeling like I was hit by a truck laying in bed miserable. Thank you very much Dr. Reza for helping my aging old bones. Cheers!

Geri C.

I can’t say enough about how intelligent Dr. Reza Dehdari is! I came to him to read my MRI for my ankle and he found a tear that multiple Doctors missed!!!! Simply incredible and I trust him throughly. Thank you so much!

Marina S.

Had the PRP procedure and I have to say no pain at all, going on 6 weeks, if you decide to have the PRP listen to Dr. Dehdari's instructions thoroughly and do the physical therapy, it works and I am so pleased and it's getting better and better as days go on, Dr. Reza Dehdari is the best and very emphatic in explaining all your questions soothing away your doubts, and he checks up on you to make sure all is well, after the PRP procedure. Very trustworthy PRP procedure and his assistant Sandy is also the sweetest caring person you will ever meet. I'm a satisfied customer and patient.

Micheal W.

wczoraj Dr. Reza Dehdari you are an amazing person. Thank you for going the extra mile on my shoulder after three Doctors told me I needed surgery. You took your time and explained everything about what to expect and to be patient while I heal. And that’s exactly what I did was heal, I can’t thank you enough for what you did for me.

Helena L.

Within the last 6 months I've suffered two minor injuries on the same knee which have restricted my mobility and caused me a lot of pain. I've seen an orthopedic dr.,, a pain management dr., and a sports medicine dr., all of which simply told me either surgery or learn to live with the pain! I've heard about PRP as an alternative with a high percentage of success. Thus, I made an appointment to see Dr. Dehdari, and was pleasantly surprised by his high level of knowledge, professionalism and thoroughness. Dr. Dehdari reviewed my MRI (previously ordered by the Orthopedist) explained the extent of my injuries, took X-Rays and an ultrasound to carefully determined if I was a good candidate for PRP. I can only say that I wish more doctors will give you the time, attention and care that Dr. Dehdari provides. Thank you Dr Dehdari, thank you for such high work ethics and patient care. Many thanks to his staff as they are as attentive and caring as Dr. Dehdari. It has been only 24 hrs since I received my PRP treatment and my pain levels have drastically gone down! I highly recommend Dr. Dehdari.

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