A new study published in the journal Cartilage showed that PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are significantly more effective than cortisone injections for treating symptomatic arthritis of the thumb. 33 patients were randomized to receive either 2 cortisone injections or 2 PRP injections, spaced 2 weeks apart. They were evaluated at 3 and 12 months after the 2nd injection. After 12 months’ follow-up, the PRP treatment group showed significantly better results in comparison with the corticosteroids.
This study is important because 1) Many people suffer from arthritis of the thumbs; 2) It confirms via research what we’ve been seeing clinically– that PRP does work, and 3) it provides a viable alternative to steroids, which have been shown to cause further joint deterioration when given repeatedly. Until the advent of PRP there had been very few good options for treating arthritis.
However not all PRP is the same! Rather than relying on one-size-fits all commercial PRP kits, we make our own PRP to insure the highest quality and most effective PRP, and we tailor it for the individual patient. Also, not all injections are given the same way, even when done under ultrasound. We’ve been doing PRP longer than anyone in New England, and longer than most in the country. Few have our level of skill and experience. And, we’re nationally recognized experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Let us help you with your arthritis or chronic pain condition. Call today!