|Has PRP had any success with cartilage regeneration?|
|There has never been any evidence to show that PRP wil regenerate cartilage on its own. In combination with a surgical procedure (such as microfracture) it may regenerate pseudocartilage.|
|This is a very interesting question, because the answer is no…and yes. At The Center for Natural Healing, PRP is used in Osteo-Arthritis treatment 100% of the time. The pain from OA comes from bone on bone rubbing, caused by the loss of cartilage and synovial fluid. The PRP, when injected into the joint space, creates a piece of living connective tissue that buffers the bone on bone rubbing. While this is NOT cartilage regeneration, it does act as a replacement for lost cartilage. A series of injections is done to increase the size and thickness of the tissue being grafted inside the joint space. This tissue will relieve the pain from OA and possibly help avoid a Total Joint Replacement. It is recommended to get a booster shot every 6 months to 1 year, depending on the patient’s level of activity, to keep the tissue thick and viable.|
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