Orthopedics Today—August 9, 2017
HSS sports medicine surgeon Andrew D. Pearle, MD offered his perspective to Orthopedics Today on a recent study of pain relief for knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study stated that patients with knee osteoarthritis felt significant improvement in pain relief after receiving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or hyaluronic acid (HA) injections. According to the article, the study argued that these injections would be beneficial for patients with mild osteoarthritis.
Dr. Pearle commented that "this study provides further support for the use of low-leukocyte PRP intra-articular injections for management of symptoms in early stage OA."
"As the effect of PRP compared to HA appears to be modest and temporary, it remains unclear whether the benefits outweigh the cost to the patient, particularly if multiple PRP injections are required to produce the desired effects," he added.
Read the full article at healio.com [registration required]. This article also appeared in the August 2017 print issue.