As the climax of the annual recreational running season approaches – the Hood to Coast Relay just finished, and thousands of runners are still training for The Portland Marathon in October – the wear and tear on all those running and flexing knee joints also reaches its peak. The harder a runner treats his or […]
Athletes and active individuals who suffer with chronic knee pain from injuries or osteoarthritis (OA) may get relief from a safe and non-surgical procedure. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a person’s own blood to heal damaged tendons or cartilage. PRP has been successful in not only relieving pain but accelerating the healing process. […]
Pre-authorization is an extra step that many insurance companies require from their plan members before they agree to pay for treatments at your regular co-insurance rate. Reasoning behind pre-authorization may vary but, generally, insurance companies require this step for quality assurance and cost control.
Some exciting news was published earlier this year in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology – researchers from the University of Iowa have discovered that a synthetic gel capable of repairing cartilage may also prevent development of osteoarthritis (OA). James Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa, and his […]
A new study out of London is changing everything to do with a naturally occurring protein circulating in human blood, known as C-type natriuretic peptide, or ‘CNP’. CNP plays a role in the repair of damaged tissue and also reduces inflammation. Until now, there was little hope that it would be useful in conditions such […]
Product recalls are not uncommon in America. Most often you hear it related to automobiles – a part is giving out, or is faulty and needs to be replaced. It’s an inconvenience to bring your car back in for a day, but (aside from finding a ride) isn’t a major issue. But what if […]
They found that at 4 weeks after implantation, partial damage repair could be seen. After 12 weeks they observed a “smooth surface… similar to normal cartilage”. This is significant – since not only did it successfully generate healthy cartilage, but there were also no side effects observed in the rats.
Currently, the most common treatment for knee pain is a cortisone (steroid) injection –which only treats the symptoms temporarily, and can be known to have some nasty side effects.
PRP, on the other hand, mimics the body’s natural healing process to accelerate the healing of damaged tendons and cartilage.