Patients receiving either Hyaluronic Acid (HA- Synvisc, Supartz, Euflexxa) or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections will experience modest-term pain relief according to an article appearing in Orthopedics Today, August, 2017. In the study reviewed, Ultrasound Guided injections were given weekly for three weeks and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) were recorded for up to one year. “Both the PRP and HA groups demonstrated an improvement in PROMS at 24 weeks that declined to near baseline levels at one year” according to the article. “Patients with lower grade Osteoarthritis and lower weight responded more favorably to intra-articular injections”. The effect of both Hyaluronic Acid and Platelet Rich Plasma appeared to be modest and temporary.

Why I chose this topic this week for my Blog has to do with my preparation for the upcoming talks I am invited to give September 21st and 22nd in St. Petersburg, Russia at the meeting of 1200 orthopedic surgeons from Russia, Ukraine and neighboring countries both in Europe and Asia. As I indicated last week, this will be the first time a non-operative intervention of a cellular orthopedic, regenerative nature, as I practice, will have been introduced into this region of the world. While Hyaluronic Acid and Platelet Rich Plasma may offer short term pain diminution for individuals limited in function by the symptoms of Osteoarthritis, it becomes clear by scrutinizing my data base that not only does concentrated bone marrow afford long term relief, the Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Growth Factors found in bone marrow when concentrated participate in regenerative possibility thereby delaying and perhaps even avoiding a joint replacement. My presentations will be evidence based without the false news and unsupported marketing claims ever present in the media.

What we have learned about Amniotic Fluid (AF) from my role as principal investigator in several multisite studies is that AF does have concentrated Hyaluronic Acid and therein may offer six to 12 months decrease in symptoms and increase in function, the effect is limited in duration; and with no viable stem cells in Amniotic Fluid Concentrate, there is no regenerative potential. Owing to the absence of inherent absence of stem cells and hence regenerative potential, I will not include amniotic fluid in my presentations.

As a scientific invitee, my responsibility is to introduce that for which we have scientific support and clinical evidence. If you want to gain a better understanding of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Orthopedic and learn how you may postpone or perhaps avoid a joint replacement for the symptoms and limitations imposed by osteoarthritis, make an appointment, visit my web site and watch my webinar.