Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a therapy that involves drawing blood out of a vein (usually in your arm) and separating the platelets from the red blood cells. This allows the platelets to be isolated along with certain immune cells and then injected into your damaged joint or tendon. Platelets contain many growth factors that are able to stop inflammation and reduce pain. PRP is a viable option for patients with hip bursitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff strain, and mild to moderate osteoarthritis. The entire procedure only takes about 45 minutes.
The natural fluid in the knee joint is composed of hyaluronic acid. When people get arthritis, the normal characteristics of the fluid become altered and less functional. It was originally found in the comb of a rooster and is commonly known as "the chicken jelly" or "rooster comb fluid." These injections act as a lubricant in the joint and are intended to make your knee fluid healthier over time. It is a series of injections once a week for either 3 or 5 weeks depending on the brand used. It is a fairly painless and quick procedure performed here in our office. These injections are designed to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee or in people with severe arthritis who are not interested in a knee replacement surgery. This type of therapy may provide pain relief for 6 months to a year in about 70% of patients.
Orthotics are custom medical devices prescribed by your foot and ankle surgeon. They are made using a mold of your foot to meet your specific needs, and help support and align the foot and lower extremities.