Platelet rich plasma injection of the knee reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis – new review
An injection of platelet rich plasma may be an effective alternative treatment for people with knee osteoarthritis, especially when it is mild, says a review of the evidence published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.
Scientists evaluated if platelet rich plasma is superior to hyaluronic acid in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis by looking at data from seven studies involving 908 people (44% men and 56% women) aged around 60 years old.
All studies showed significant improvements in clinical outcomes, including pain, physical function, and stiffness, with platelet rich plasma treatment.
All except two studies showed significant differences between platelet rich plasma and hyaluronic acid regarding clinical outcomes of pain and function.
“Platelet-rich plasma intra-articular injection of the knee may be an effective alternative treatment for knee osteoarthritis, especially in patients with mild knee osteoarthritis,” the scientists write. “Although some studies suggested that the effect of platelet-rich plasma was no better than hyaluronic acid, we found that it was no worse.”
Click here to read the original research.
Arthritis Digest Magazine was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 5 Arthritis Blogs on the internet in 2018.
For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.