Viscosupplementation or PRP

In their article entitled:

Which injection is right for your joints?

Authors George Chang-Chien, D.O., Aaron Calodney, M.D. discuss Platelet Rich Plasma vs.Viscosupplementation.

Here is a summary of their findings.

Viscosupplementation, is FDA approved for arthritis of the knee. Due to its success, some physicians have been using it “off-label” (not FDA approved) for the treatment of arthritis in the hip, shoulder, and sacroiliac joints. Once injected the gel-like fluid mimics the synovial fluid that surrounds the joint. This fluid acts as both a lubricant and a shock absorber allowing the bones to move more smoothly against each other. Studies show it is an effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis, resulting in beneficial effects on both pain and function.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The platelets contain growth factors. Targeted delivery of these growth factors to injured tissues can accelerate and promote the healing cascade within your body.

Michael C. Geraci Jr.

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