Archive for February, 2013
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been used by high-profile athletes for high-profile treatments. PRP therapy works by taking a blood sample, isolating the platelets in the blood, and then injecting them back into the patient. Platelets are an important part of the natural healing process, producing growth factors and forming blood clots to help close open wounds. PRP therapy can reduce knee pain and improve function for patients with athletic or osteoarthritic injuries.
Recent research at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery supports the use of PRP therapy for patients with osteoarthritis. In a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Dr. Brian Halpern evaluated the effectiveness of PRP therapy by objectively measuring the quality of patient’s cartilage with PRP treatment. They found that after a single injection, there was no further damage to cartilage for the subsequent year. Over that same time period, patients reported that their pain dropped to half of pre-treatment levels.
PRP therapy is a relatively new treatment, and may not be appropriate for everyone, but it might be right for you. If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis, and struggle with knee pain, ask your doctor about PRP treatment. A single treatment might make the next year a whole lot easier.
In many situations, patients and doctors must choose between bracing and surgery or other more invasive treatments. Magnetic therapy is unique in that it cannot be done surgically. Knee implants are specifically designed to be magnetically neutral (with materials like cobalt) so that the knee can be examined with an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Knee replacements can remove the damaged bone, but cannot be magnetically charged to alleviate pain. This means that post-operative pain is often treated pharmaceutically, instead of practically.
An interesting method to treat knee pain from osteoarthritis may be with a magnetic knee brace. Magnetic knee braces can apply a negative charge to the knee, encouraging bone growth and alleviating pain, while simultaneously structurally supporting the knee. Use of magnetic knee braces is validated by research from Harvard Medical School, where they found significant improvement within just 4 hours of wear.
So before you undergo a knee replacement surgery, and if you regularly take pain medication for your knees, consider your options. Magnetic knee bracing might be the perfect solution for your problems, and it certainly can’t hurt.
Magnetic therapy is an emerging technique in osteoarthritis treatment and management of knee pain. Generation of a nerve signal depends on rapid depolarization of the nerve cell. An effective application of magnetic therapy could hyperpolarize the cell (make it more negative), which would reduce the amount of pain signals sent to the brain.
Magnetic therapy is well documented as an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. Recent work published in the Journal of Material Chemistry supports the connection between negative charge and bone growth. In the healthy human body, deformation of hydroxyapatite crystals (the hard part of bone) produces a piezoelectric charge, which stimulates bone growth. This natural system reinforces bone growth when existing bone is under stress.
Just as a negative charge hyperpolarized the nerve cell to reduce pain, a negative charge can also help to heal damaged bone. A severely osteoarthritic knee could benefit greatly from improved bone growth, and the application of a negative charge could be the difference between recovery and degeneration.
So if you suffer from osteoarthritis of any severity, magnetic therapy may be right for you. It has no side effects, and it just might make your life a whole lot better.