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Dr. Maro: Swim, PRP and physical therapies highlight pet health successes in 2020 – The Times

Dr. Cynthia Maro | For The Times

No one can deny that 2020 has been full of emotional, physical, social and financial challenges.

Fortunately, there have been many blessings, Fur-Kid kisses, licks and paw hugs, and grateful pet owners who have brought joy, kindness and warmth to the staff and me throughout the year. We are so appreciative for having had the opportunity to offer hope and healing and share in our clients lives.

The dedication of pet parents, in assuring their companions stay healthy, has been a testament to the value animals have in supporting their people, especially during this pandemic. The entire veterinary community has noted the real commitment clients have made to keep pets healthy.

Highlights in my part of the veterinary world this year, include:

More than 30 pets were able to avoid undergoing costly and invasive surgeries for cruciate ligament ruptures, with faster return to full functions. They achieved this through the use of a treatment that utilizes their own platelet-rich plasma, prolotherapy injections to cause proliferation of the support structures surrounding the injured joint and ozone injections to reduce pain and accelerate healing.

Many of the pets we treated were poor surgical risks, because of age, other illnesses and autoimmune problems. None of the pets treated had any negative side effects.

Another group of pets underwent the treatment combination for hip disorders, including dysplasia, chronic spinal pain and complications of prior surgical repairs which did not heal successfully. We are happy to see so many animals become pain-free, enjoying walks, runs and a return to health. As one owner said, I never imagined there was a way to rewind the clock, but my dog acts at least 5 years younger. She plays and makes me tired from throwing the ball so much. For the past year, I couldnt get her to go for a walk, and now, she wants to play every time I get up from the chair.

Maya, an 80-pound Doberman, had torn both of her anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). Her owner was hesitant to put foreign implants into her knees, because of the possibility of long-term reactions to the metal and exercise restriction concerns. Maya had a full recovery after her alternative prolozone treatments and laser therapy. And she has no foreign material in her body.

The underwater treadmill and support exercises have helped post-surgical pets get fully back on their feet.When coupled with other alternative treatments, including acupuncture and chiropractic care, pets with slow or poor healing can get back to the business of protecting their families, patrolling the yard and entertaining the family.

Schatzi, a 105-pound German shepherd who had undergone TPLO surgery at a specialists office, never regained full function of his limb after his implant healing was complete.

His owner brought him to the office for physical therapy and treadmill exercises. After eight weeks, he was back to playing.

Breakthroughs in cancer care for several pets who achieved remissions of their cancer, both complete and palliative, due to a device called the Innovarius Sanawave. This treatment allows us to, non-invasively, treat pets with inoperable cancer.

One pet, who had a remarkable extension of life expectancy and pain-free quality of life with this therapy includes Vita, an 8-year-old brindle pit bull rescue. She was diagnosed with a large, invasive sarcoma of the shoulder that was inoperable. Within a few weeks of beginning Sanawave therapy, visible reduction in tumor size, increased mobility and decreased pain were all evident.

Daisy, a 10-year-old tabby cat, also benefitted from Sanawave therapy. She was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma of her urinary bladder in March 2019. The non-invasive therapy has kept her comfortable without the use of pain meds and her tumor has not grown, thanks to management with a device that allows her to lay on a warm treatment pad, unaware that radio frequencies are causing tumor cell apoptosis. Without this treatment, her life expectancy would have been less than 6 months from the original diagnosis.

The use of Chinese herbs for cancer, in addition to dietary management, helps many patients enjoy pain-free time with their owners. My own dog (who I wrote about in my last column), Lollipop, is still thriving, at almost 16 years of age, after she was diagnosed with a hemangiosarcoma of the spleen in October this year. She has received nanotechnology-prepared herbs, clinical nutrition and nano-vitalight therapy. These non-invasive treatments got her stable enough to undergo surgery this past month. Not only did she make a full recovery, but my family will enjoy another holiday with our special pet.

Animals mean so much to us, and this years events have helped us all appreciate the lessons and love they share. I look forward to caring for these precious angels in 2021 and hope for a healthy coming year for you, your pets and families.

Dr. Cynthia Maro is a veterinarian at the Ellwood Animal Hospital in Ellwood City and the Chippewa Animal Hospital in Chippewa Township. She writes a biweekly column on pet care and health issues. If you have a topic youd like to have addressed,

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Will Insurance Cover Knee Surgery and Alternative Treatments? – Green Valley News

Knee pain can be incredibly painful and debilitating, but the good news is there is hope for living pain-free through standard knee replacement surgery, or some of the non-surgical alternative treatments that are now available. With either option, patients always want to know if treatments are covered by their insurance.

Thats an important question. Patients may know what surgery will cost out of pocket, but what about the alternative treatments? What do they cost? And does insurance even cover these alternatives?

Most insurance covers knee replacement alternatives.

Many knee patients have had a steroid like cortisone injected into the knee to keep pain away for as long as possible, usually with limited success. Is there a better alternative? Yes, in fact, there are several viable alternatives including:

Injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) into the joint.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) taken from your own blood, injected back into the knee.

Fluoroscopic needle guidance during treatment, and better bracing options after the treatment

Regenerative medicine to trigger the bodys immune response and promote healing.

Pima Orthopedic Physicians provide knee replacement surgery as well as these alternatives, and can help you decide which is best for you as well as what your insurance will cover. Weve served local patients from Tucson since 1979, and now have offices in Green Valley too. Go to to watch a free webinar explaining the different options. Or call us at 520-624-0888 for an appointment.

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I tried the infamous Vampire Facial –

So whats the big deal about The Vampire Facial, and why is everyone having one? Melanie Morris investigates.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP, otherwise known as the Vampire Facial) may have sprung to notoriety through devotees including Kim Kardashian, but its heritage sits with serious science as a key player in orthopaedic treatment, having the abilities to "speed heal" tendons, ligaments and soft body tissue.

Now, PRP has moved into the dermatologists' domain, due to its proven results in rejuvenating skin, improving collagen profile and stimulating hair growth (and hence, great for eyebrow or eyelash growth). PRP is excellent for skin "creping" from age, or long-term use of Botox and its a super-hydrator for brides who want to get some gorgeous, natural glow. It will also tackle hollow eyes and deep facial folds.

Not for the faint-hearted, PRP is on the more invasive end of beauty treatments, but what truly good things ever came easy in life?

The treatment is approximately 90 minutes to two hours in duration, and centres around the extraction of blood from the client, which is then processed to separate out the nutrient-rich, liquid gold serum (about two-thirds of the blood) from red platelets. The platelets suspended in the plasma are little workhorses, packed with growth factors is then injected back into the clients face using a tiny needle.

The beauty of PRP is that in using the clients own products, its totally natural and reaction-free. Its also one of the few treatments that can be done (and is especially effective) around the eye area, including the eyelids. And yes, the face is numbed in advance so its pretty painless.

As over 150 tiny injections are involved in the procedure, there is bound to be bruising, but its pretty much the luck of the draw what and how much that will be, however, its an inevitable factor to be considered, so be sure to have the Vichy Dermablend on standby (if you havent discovered this magic, cover-all foundation, where have you been?). Immediately after treatment, the skin will be very puffy and sensitive, so book for the end of the day when you can head home and lie low. Its advised not to have any facials or treatments to the area for two weeks, and not to exercise or do anything that involves extreme heat for 24 hours.

This is a perfect lockdown treatment. The full effect of PRP is seen approximately six weeks post-treatment, for optimal results, a follow-up session should be then be undertaken. Benefits last for at least a year.

My PRP (priced at 550 per treatment) was at the hands of Sharon Edwards, a registered nurse with huge experience in plastic surgery who now works at the Institute of Dermatologists in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Sharon was a friendly, speedy accurate worker who deftly took blood with considerable skill, getting a successful extraction first time, and then had me finished and out within an hour. She was informative about the procedure and took before/after shots so we could chart my progress. I will definitely return for a follow-up with Sharon.

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3 business updates to know on Williams Field Road in Gilbert – Community Impact Newspaper

The Sonoran Desert Olive Oil Co. opened a store in SanTan Village in November. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)


A second location of the Sonoran Desert Olive Oil Company opened Nov. 18 in SanTan Village at 2206 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 104, Gilbert. The store offers a selection of balsamic vinegars and olive oils sourced from all over the world. It also has olive leaf teas. The company's first location is in Phoenix. 480-656-9076.


Nascent Health anticipates opening a wellness clinic at 115 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert, some time in January. Its services include injections, IV therapies, microneedling, platelet rich plasma and regenerative therapies. 480-270-8318.


Donaldson Watches and Repair is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 1464 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 103, Gilbert. The shops anniversary actually fell in March, but the company postponed marking it until after it reopened following COVID-19-related closures. 480-855-0839.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections: Purpose & Effectiveness

You may have heard about athletes like Tiger Woods getting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to help heal an injury. These shots, which are based on your own blood, are increasingly being used to treat sports injuries and to help wounds heal after surgery. Some doctors even use it as a cosmetic procedure to target signs of aging, such as wrinkles. But does it work? Heres what to keep in mind.

Plasma is the liquid part of your blood thats mostly made of water and protein. It lets red and white blood cells and platelets move through your bloodstream. Platelets are a type of blood cell that makes your blood clot. They also play a role in healing.

Doctors may use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and skin.

To collect plasma, a doctor draws blood from your body and uses a machine to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. Then the doctor numbs the area of your body being treated with PRP injections. Once youre numb, the doctor uses a needle to inject your plasma into the area of your body being treated.

For example, if youre being treated for a muscle injury, your doctor would inject plasma into several locations in that muscle. In some cases, doctors use ultrasound technology during injections to make sure theyre targeting the right area. PRP injections usually take about 30 minutes, though it depends on the area youre targeting.

Once platelets are in the area thats being treated, they break down and release growth factors, which are compounds that help cells repair and renew. This is thought to trigger your bodys healing process.

PRP injections are used to treat torn tendons, tendinitis, muscle injuries, arthritis-related pain, and joint injuries. Theyre becoming more common for cosmetic procedures, too. For example, dermatologists and hair replacement experts use PRP injections to treat a type of hair loss called androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, which affects men and women. And some dermatologists provide PRP treatments for the face. (You may have heard these called a vampire facial.)

More studies are needed to see what conditions PRP can work on. So far, research shows that it speeds healing after injury or surgery for certain conditions, like torn tendons. In addition to helping injured tissue heal, some studies show PRP injections curb pain and boost mobility for people with rotator cuff injuries. PRP injections appear to reduce hair loss in people with male or female pattern baldness. But its not clear whether facial PRP injections ease visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging skin.

It can take several weeks for PRP injections to start working. For some conditions, particularly those affecting the hair or the skin, it may take up to 6 months to notice the full effects. For some conditions, including hair loss, you may need to repeat the procedure to maintain the results.

Youll likely need to stop taking certain medications that thin your blood, like aspirin and ibuprofen, before you get PRP injections. You may also need to take a break from certain vitamins or supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Your doctor can tell you exactly what you need to do to prepare for these shots.

PRP doesnt usually cause major side effects. But because it involves drawing blood, youll want to make sure you eat before the procedure. That will help you avoid feeling lightheaded when you get PRP injections.

After the shot, you shouldnt wash the area that was treated for 48 hours. You might notice some soreness and bruising in the area that received injections. If you feel sharp or intense pain, let your doctor know.

PRP injections may or may not be covered by your health insurance, so check your plans details. If youre getting it for cosmetic reasons -- for example, PRP injections for hair loss -- your insurance probably wont cover it. Treatment can cost $250 to $1,500 a session, and you may need several sessions to see results.

You cant get PRP injections if you have:

You should only get PRP injections from a licensed doctor.


Hospital for Special Surgery: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).

Johns Hopkins Medicine: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).

Cedars-Sinai: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Platelet-Rich Plasma for Cosmetic Facial Procedures Promising Results, but Evidence Has Limitations.

American Academy of Dermatology: Is platelet-rich plasma the secret to younger-looking skin?

PLOS ONE: A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Treating Degenerative Tendinopathies: A Randomized Control Trial with Synchronous Observational Cohort.

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Business beat – The Spokesman-Review

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 18, 2020

Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, a division of Columbia Surgical Specialists, has hired Brittany Martin, MSN, APRN, FNP-C. Martin graduated magna cum laude from Whitworth University and WSU College of Nursing, then completed graduate studies at Gonzaga University and graduated with honors. She is a Spokane native and worked at Columbia Surgical Specialists through her graduate studies. Martin will provide various in-office procedures, including Botox/Dysport injections, filler treatments, miraDry treatments, platelet rich plasma injections and intense-pulsed light therapy. She also will assist with post-op appointments.

Paul Merritt has been appointed as the CEO of Fatbeam, a fiber-broadband internet provider in the Coeur dAlene and Spokane areas. He has nearly 20 years experience in the telecom industry. Merritt recently served in the hyperscalers-business segment for Lumen, formerly CenturyLink, managing strategies for product and solution development and sales performance. Prior to his role at Lumen, Merritt directed all aspects of daily-sales operations for cloud, software, and infrastructure vertical teams at Zayo. He also has served as the regional vice president for Comcast Business and has held various positions with XO Communications, Qwest (CenturyLink), Redapt and Allstream.

Spokane Home Builders Association has hired Jennifer Thomas as the membership services director and Beth Hanson as office manager. Thomas previously worked with SHBAs advertising agency, QUINN, where she headed the digital advertising team. She has also been a strategist for multiple Spokane businesses. In her new role, Thomas will oversee member services, such as recruitment and retention efforts and member benefit programs. Hanson previously worked for Douglass Properties, serving nine years as a property manager and four years as the accounts payable processor, assistant to the financial controller and senior property manager. In her new role, she will handle office operations, database management and financial oversight. She will also serve as a staff liaison for the Finance and Education Committees and the Remodelers Council.

Numerica Credit Union has been honored as Outstanding Community Lender for the U.S. Small Business Administrations Seattle District, which includes all of Washington state and North Idaho. The award recognizes the community bank or credit union which closed the most standard SBA loans in the district during the SBA fiscal year, which ran from October 2019 to September . The award only measures traditional SBA 7 (a) loans, which provide assistance to small businesses. Loans and relief provided by banks and credit unions due to COVID-19 legislation, such as Paycheck Protection Program loans, were not included in the U.S. Small Business Administrations count of standard SBA loans for this award. Numerica is headquartered in Spokane Valley and has more than 158,000 members in Central and Eastern Washington and North Idaho. It manages $2.9 billion in assets.

Inland Empire Property Watch has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA is an organization that was founded in 2009 with the goal to create and maintain high-industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada. Home Watch is a visual inspection service for homes and other properties available to property owners who are not physically present to oversee their property. Inland Empire Property Watch is owned by John and Shari Miller who reside in Wilbur, Washington. Originally from Skagit Valley, Washington, they moved to Eastern Washington in 2012 and worked at Lake Roosevelt, where they operated the Keller Ferry and managed the Keller Ferry Marina and Campground for several years.

After meeting many seasonal residents in the area, they recently decided to open Inland Empire Property Watch.

The business serves Wilbur, Davenport, Republic, Seven Bays and Grand Coulee. Accreditation through NHWA ensures that owners and operators of Home Watch service providers have passed criminal background checks; maintain insurance coverage for general and professional liability and proper bonding; display truthful website and advertising content; and adhere to the NHWAs code of ethics and mission statement. NHWA also checks on the providers consumer complaints.

Plenty of us will be happy to see 2020 in our rear-view window come Jan. 1.

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Global Platelet Rich Plasma Market Recent Trends and Developments, Challenges and Opportunities, key drivers and Restraints over the Forecast Period…

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Walking The Tight Rope With Dinelson Lamet | RotoGraphs Fantasy Baseball –

Stability is important in fantasy baseball, especially when it involves early-round picks. When we talk stability it can mean two things. It can mean stability of health or stability of skill set. With your early-round picks you of course want players with very few holes in their skills and players who stay on the field. I now present you with someone who teeters on a tight rope with both health and skill set: Dinelson Lamet.

Feeding off his late surge in 2019 Lamet came into 2020 like a tiger eyeing down its prey. He pounced on the competition lighting a fire from within and produced a phenomenal 2.09 ERA, .086 WHIP, and 27 K-BB%. A fantastic season for sure. He was able to have an elite season by changing his pitch mix and throwing his slider over 50% of the time. A true Patrick Corbin blueprint.

Lamets slider could arguably be called the best pitch in baseball. Last season it produced a .197 wOBAcon, 23 SwStr%, and 19.7 pVAL. It induced weak contact, created whiffs, and was utilized to perfection. It was utilized so well that his 19.7 pVAL was the highest of any pitch in baseball. The next closest was Marco Gonzales fastball which had a 14.3 pVAL (love me some Marco). Overall a great pitch. One small flaw to point out about Lamets slider is his command.

All over the place. It looks like he wants to push it low and away but he was only able to achieve that 40% of the time, a percentage that ranks second-worst in the league. Whats crazy is that even when he leaves it in the heart of the plate it still produces great results. Opposing hitters only had a .068 ISO and .103 wOBA against it. Compare that to Kenta Maedas slider which had a .524 ISO and .456 wOBA when left in the same location. That is clearly a testament as to how good his slider is that even when he misses, it doesnt matter. Im curious as to if that can continue.

Next up is his four-seam fastball, a pitch he threw 37% of the time. Meaning his slider and fastball make up for 91% of his pitches, making him a two-pitch pitcher (problem number one). The fastball took some big strides this year compared to last season.

Dinelson Lamets Fastball

This shows you the chain reaction of Lamets four-seam development. The velocity rose over one mile per hour causing an uptick in vertical movement. Because of the increased movement hitters werent able to jump on it like the season before. Although the overall 2020 numbers arent exactly great compared to the league average, they were good enough to elevate his game.

If you stopped right there everything seems great for Lamet besides the obvious caveat of only having two pitches. Here is the problem with Lamets new increased velocity. In the month of August, his fastball averaged 97.2 MPH. In all five of his starts it sat over the 97.0 mark. Come September his fastball average 96.9 MPH. Only two of his five starts did he eclipse 97.0 MPH. The way I interpret this is Lamet knew it was a short season, he knew he could push his velocity and it eventually started to normalize on him.

On the chart you can see the massive decline as the season went on. But you see where it climbs back up towards the end of the season? For two starts in September he pushed it back up to 97 MPH and what do you think happens when you push your arm too hard? In his last start of the year Lamet was pulled with bicep tightness.

The bicep issue turned into an elbow issue, symptoms of biceps and elbow injuries can show up in similar ways. Since there is no ligament damage the Padres decided to go the PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) route. This is a big issue because not only has Lamet needed Tommy John surgery in the past but pitchers who have had PRP injections have ended up needing the surgery anyway. Look no further than his former teammate Garrett Richards.

This makes Lamet a major injury risk, but lets say he takes the shots and it works. How will he be able to push his fastball velocity for an entire season? We have to expect regression on his fastball and when that happens you get the 2019 version of Dinelson Lamet. That leaves you with a 4.07 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 24 K-BB% from your likely SP2.

Does taking a player in the first four rounds who is walking on a tight rope sound like someone youd like to roster? With a current overall ADP of 65 and as the 24th pitcher off the board Dinelson Lamet becomes a spine-chilling acquisition. Reaching the other side is unlikely and falling one way or the other seems evident.

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Insiders Advice: Prevent Shoulder Surgery With These 5 Options (12/17/20) – Southeast Missourian

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The shoulder joint is the most mobile and least stable joint in your body. The more mobile a joint is, the less stable it is; and the more stable a joint, is the less mobile it is. If a joint is functioning properly, it will not degenerate or cause pain.

When a joint stops functioning correctly, it breaks down and becomes painful, causing us to not move it as much. This results in it becoming dehydrated and reduces joint space, causing damage, degeneration, and pain.

The most common shoulder issues are degeneration and rotator cuff injuries.

Traditional medical treatments include steroid injections, medications, and surgery, which focus on reducing the pain, symptoms, and have inherent risks and downtime. They also dont focus on restoring the function of the joint to stop the damaging process.

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Here are some of the functional medical treatments available at PC Medical Centers:

1. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections Plasma is injected into the shoulder joint, improving the healing response and function of the joint as well as increasing the joint space.

2. Regenerative Medicine injections High in Mesenchymal Stem Cells, this injection helps tissues regrow and heal.

3. Lidocaine and Sterile Solution injections Adds fluid to the joint and increases the joint space, improving the ability to move the joint.

4. Physical Therapy PT helps improve joint stability by improving the muscle tone around the joint.

5. Chiropractic Care Helps improve joint mobility by adjusting the joint, which improves the function.

Other options include Laser Therapy, Acupuncture, Myofascial Release (muscle work), and nutrition. Our goal is to get the patient back to doing what they would like, with little to no downtime. We assess the patient, identify the functional limitations, and create a personalized plan to restore the function to the joint.

Call 573-335-9188 by the end of December to schedule your free consultation with PC Medical Centers.

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Facts you should know about Osteoarthritis – The New Indian Express

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KOCHI: Osteoarthritis, commonly known as OA, is a joint disease caused by the disintegration of cartilage in a joint in the body. It is primarily found in weight-bearing joints such as the ankle and knee but also arises in joints of the hand as a result of daily activity. Knee joint OA is a progressive disorder. The degeneration of the articular cartilage (white tissue that protects bones from rubbing against each other) causes knee pain, stiffness and a weakened joint structure.

While cartilage serves as a natural cushion between the bones, synovial fluid lubricates and supplies adequate oxygen to the joint, facilitating smooth joint motion in a healthy individual. Over time, the cartilage weakens and becomes thinner, resulting in roughness around the joint. As this develops, pain and swelling of the knee come into play, making everyday movements such as walking or sitting laborious. Stage one OA is minor and is usually accompanied by minimal pain or discomfort. The joint looks normal on x-ray.

In stage two, bone deposits called Osteophytes grow in number around the joint as the cartilage weakens further. Stiffness aggravates, especially after the person stays in a sitting position for long periods of time.Moderate OA or stage three is when day-to-day activities such as walking, running, bending and kneeling cause distress owing to loss of cartilage and inflammation. As OA advances into the severe stage four, symptoms are very prominent. Cartilage breaks down, joint fluid reduces, diagnosis shows bone against bone contact and even walking becomes painful.

To boost overall joint health, an anti-inflammatory diet may be followed. This includes antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and low-fat dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt which are high in vitamin D and calcium. Excess body weight can increase pressure around the knee joint and, in turn, cause inflammation.

Immediate pain relief for OA is possible with standard medications such as Paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, superficial creams, etc. To reduce unbearable pain, direct steroid injections have also been employed in the past. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a newly-found regenerative therapy that is extremely effective for knee OA. When PRP is injected into the joint, its dose is certified according to need.

The technique has been proven to greatly reduce knee pain and stiffness, gradually bringing back ease of movement to the patient. This process, combined with other medicines and physiotherapy, triggers the natural healing tendencies of the patients blood.Severe cases of OA are treated with surgeries such as total knee replacement (TKR) or high tibial osteotomy (HTO).The author is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Regencare, Kochi.

Facts you should know about Osteoarthritis - The New Indian Express