An October PRP study from the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna, Italy, found PRP injected in knees with degenerative cartilage lesions (arthritis), can improve knee function. The study suggested patients suffering from degenerative arthritis of the knee may have healing therapy in Platelet-Rich Plasma.
The same month the study was published, an article appeared in the Boston Globe titled, “What a Pain.” The article focused on 79 year-old Josephine “Jo” Foster, a Massachusetts restaurant hostess plagued by osteoarthritis in her knees. She opted for PRP injections as treatment.
“I haven’t got time for arthritis,” says Foster in the article. “That’s old people, not me…My doctor said there may be pain so I went home and waited for the pain,’’ said Foster, who has undergone a variety of other noninvasive therapies unsuccessfully. “There is no pain now,’’ Foster continued. “None whatsoever.’’
“I like to be honest with patients and tell them that we are just starting to get data in from animal trials, that we don’t have really good human data,’’ Said Dr. Joanne Borg-Stein, Foster’s physician who has treated about 175 patients with PRP in the last year. “People have to be willing to accept that they are on the leading edge with this.’’