A focus on Knee Osteoarthritis and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Q&A with expert Orthopaedic Surgeon
Q – I have been diagnosed with knee arthritis, can I avoid surgery?
A – Yes you can. Once the diagnosis of knee arthritis has been confirmed then there are a number of non-surgical that are worth considering.
There are lifestyle changes which could have a positive impact such as – reducing joint stresses, exercising and losing weight should not be underestimated and can have a big impact on improving symptoms. Other options include painkillers, Physiotherapy and Joint supplementation.
Q – What knee support would be needed?
A – If the arthritis is localised to one area of the knee then a modern off-loading knee brace can help. This is now approved by many insurance companies. We have partnered with a special bracing company called Ossur, they provide a custom fitting service to ensure the best fit.
Q – Have any new treatments been developed?
A – Yes, Platelet Rich Plasma (a.k.a PRP) therapy has recently been approved by NICE for the treatment of mild to moderate arthritis of the knee.
Q – How does PRP therapy work?
A – Blood from the vein is taken and spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma rich in platelets. This is then injected into the knee. The platelets act as a catalyst to help repair the body’s own cells and reduces inflammation. We generally recommend a course of 3 injections, one week apart. This can be completed within the Outpatient department, which therefore means it is a quick and efficient procedure and could result in a decreased risk of surgery.
Q – Is there any evidence that PRP therapy is effective?
A – Data has shown effects to last for up to two years in some cases. It should be noted that it is best combined with a rehabilitation programme and lifestyle changes to get the best benefit. We collect our own data using the my recovery app and have shown around 70% of patients benefit but can take up to 6 weeks before effects are noted.
Q – Is PRP therapy painful?
A- It is no worse than having a blood test and generally well tolerated.
If you feel PRP therapy could be of benefit to you please contact us here at Highgate Private Hospital.
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