Date of Award
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has emerged as a promising treatment of OA, particularly in large joints. For the treatment of knee OA PRP is non-inferior to the traditional methods, in improving function, pain, and ADLs. PRP is promising due to its autologous nature and appeal with the ever-increasing push for holistic or “natural” options in therapeutics. The patient will utilize properties of their own body to bolster an anti-inflammatory response and potentially improve the function of the knee cartilage. Although it requires fluid collection from a patient and processing which may be slightly time intensive, it offers an alternative to synthetic and potentially harmful traditional interventions in CS and HA injections.
Clark, John Riley, "Knee Osteoarthritis: Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Are Non-Inferior to Conventional Joint Injection Treatments" (2019). Physician's Assistant Program Capstones. 8.