Effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma in the management of knee osteoarthritis in a rural clinic
Elder, Betty L.
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Mogoi, Vincent; Elder, Betty; Hayes, Karen; Huhman, Dawna. 2019. Effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma in the management of knee osteoarthritis in a rural clinic. Orthopaedic Nursing: May/June 2019, vol. 38:no. 3:pp 193–198
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease causing decreased mobility. Use of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) provides a reparative alternative in the management of OA. METHODS/PURPOSE: This study assessed effectiveness of nurse practitioner-injected PRP to manage knee OA in a rural setting. RESULTS: Twenty patients were followed for 1 month after PRP treatment. Knee function and pain levels were assessed using a knee function score (Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score Physical Function Short Form [KOOS-PS]). CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the 20 patients who participated in this study experienced significant improvement in knee function scores, decreased pain, and decreased use of pain medications.
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