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Category Archives: Platelet Rich Plasma

5 Types of Knee Pain NOT Caused by Arthritis

Your knees are an essential part of your life. Whether playing sports or just walking around the grocery store, your knees help keep you moving. It’s no surprise, that knee pain can very quickly affect your daily routine. According to the Cleveland Clinic, around 18 million people a year seek treatment from a physician or […]

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Reflex in The News

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 […]

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Skip Arthroscopic Surgery

An international panel of experts has strongly recommended against arthroscopic surgery for nearly everyone with ‘degenerative knee disease.’ The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 5.7 million visits to the doctor each year are due to knee pain. Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis is the most common orthopedic procedure performed. Per […]

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Does Knee Replacement Surgery Improve Quality of Life?

The annual rate of total knee replacement surgery (TKR) has nearly doubled in the last two decades, especially in middle-aged patients. One of the reasons for this increase has been allowing patients with less severe symptoms of knee arthritis to undergo surgery.   Studies Show Knee Replacement Does Not Significantly Improve Quality of Life A […]

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How Platelet Rich Plasma Can Help Avoid Knee Surgery

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. […]

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Knee Replacement Surgery: Need to Know

Promising new treatments for knee osteoarthritis (OA) and acute injuries such as meniscal tears are in progress. Researchers are closer than ever to finding the way to regrow cartilage and tissue. But while extensive clinical trials are still underway, regenerative treatments are considered experimental by the FDA which means knee replacement surgery might seem like their best option for […]

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The Necessity of Being Proactive with Your Knees

As I became more and more serious about my hockey career, I joined the Hockey Academy that had opened at my high school a few years prior. There I developed my skills and my fitness over the next three years. It wasn’t until then I realized that my knees were beginning to give me issues. After an intense plyometric workout of box jumps and other explosive exercises, even the lightest jog would be too painful to bear. Many times, I would have to opt out of a good portion of our workout.

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Advancements in Regenerative Medicine for Osteoarthritis

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.

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