Wednesday, 22 of November of 2017

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Update on PRP & Other Injections

 

 

If you have chronic tendonitis in your elbow, knee pain from osteoarthritis, or bursitis in your hip, cortisone injections are an effective treatment that can reduce inflammation and discomfort. Now PRP or platelet-rich plasma is another type of injection that is gaining popularity as a way to reduce pain and disability prior to considering surgery.

The December Journal of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and the November 14 issue of New Yorker magazine both featured the latest information about PRP. Here’s what the publications had to say about this high-tech, advanced treatment that Dr. Kagan has been offering for some time.

In the New Yorker article, Chris Waddell, a star athlete who is a paraplegic and the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, talks about the major improvement PRP had on his shoulder injuries – a torn rotator cuff in one shoulder and a torn biceps tendon in the other shoulder. He says the successful treatment helped him regain his shoulder strength and decreased his pain almost 100 percent. But most importantly, it helped him avoid surgery.

How safe and effective is PRP? There are many opinions on PRP’s ability to accelerate healing and enhance tissue recovery. Whether you may benefit is a decision best made in a one-on-one consultation with a physician who is experienced in using the technique. PRP takes the patient’s own blood and separates the red and white blood cells from the platelets. Platelets have both clotting and growth factors, which are vital for healing. To treat the injury, a concentrated mix of platelets is injected into the joint, ligament or tendon.

In the AAOS journal articles, Dr. Scott Rodeo of Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Dr. Freddie Fu of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine express some caution. They suggest that PRP is a promising treatment option that may offer symptomatic relief in tendonitis and osteoarthritis, but recommend additional scientific research before it can be considered a proven therapy. The doctors recommended PRP as a “second line of defense” when other nonsurgical options have not been effective.

For more information about PRP and other treatment options for orthopedic-related injuries, go to www.kaganortho.com, or call the office at 239-936-6778 to schedule a consultation.


PRP Therapy: What is it and does it work?

 

 

 

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Platelet-Rich Plasma, better known as PRP Therapy, is a new cutting-edge treatment designed to accelerate healing and relieve the pain of orthopedic injuries without the need for surgery.

Although some medical experts still consider the procedure controversial, PRP therapy is a widely used procedure in major medical centers and orthopedic practices around the country. Here in the Fort Myers area, Dr. Kagan offers it as a safe alternative nonsurgical treatment for a range of conditions, from sports-related overuse injuries to chronic degenerative joint pain from early-stage osteoarthritis.

What exactly is PRP?

A small amount of the patient’s own blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge, a laboratory device that rapidly spins the blood fast enough to separate out the various components, including the platelets. The platelets, which have growth factors that promote healing and tissue regeneration, are mixed with the plasma, and then injected back into the patient directly into the injury site.

How quickly does the therapy work? 

Most people find that within three months they have marked improvement, although some may require more than one treatment. The idea behind PRP is that by injecting platelet-rich plasma into the damaged tissue, it will encourage the body’s own natural healing process for a faster recovery.

PRP therapy does not “grow” new cartilage, but it does reduce inflammation and speed up healing. Because the patient’s own blood is used, there is no concern about the body reacting to a foreign substance or the potential for negative side-effects.

PRP therapy is considered an “orthobiologic,” a treatment that the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons defines as a “product made from substances that are naturally found in your body. “ When used in higher concentrations than normal, these substances may heal damaged tissue faster.

A number of well-known athletes, including golfer Tiger Woods, Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward and Baltimore Ravens Chris Canty, have used PRP therapy to help get them recover from sports injuries and get back in the game faster.

For more information about PRP therapy or other nonsurgical treatments offered by Dr. John Kagan, go to www.kaganortho.com/learn-more.


PRP Injections

PRP is a new cutting-edge therapy that takes advantage of the body’s natural ability to repair itself. Like a steroid shot, PRP is injected into a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint where there is pain, injury or disease related to injury from sports, an accident or degenerative osteoarthritis. But unlike a steroid shot, where the primary target is inflammation, PRP’s goal is to heal the body.

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Plasma is the liquid component of blood. It contains the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are the key to PRP’s success. When the body is injured, platelets come to the rescue by releasing clotting agents and growth factors. PRP works by significantly increasing and “activating” the platelets to dramatically accelerate the healing process.

An additional advantage of PRP is that the plasma and platelets comes from the patient’s own body, thus the risk of any side effect is virtually non-existent, other than temporary discomfort at the injection site. Patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a special machine that concentrates the platelets. The platelet-rich mixture is then added to a portion of the plasma and injected back into the patient’s body for the healing to begin.

What are some of the conditions PRP can heal? Some orthopedic surgeons are using it as an alternative treatment for rotator cuff tendonitis or tears in the shoulder; ACL and meniscus tears in the knee; and osteoarthritis, bursitis and tendonitis of the hip.

For more information about the latest therapies for treating orthopedic injuries, go to www.kaganortho.com/learn-more.



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