Knee joint pain relieved by PRP and HA at Gerstenberg.clinic
PORT NECHES, TX, April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gerstenberg.clinic in Port Neches treated patients with osteoarthritis of the knee (OAK) with injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) through their OAK program because October 2018. Entry and exit surveys indicate that at the end of treatment, patients improved on average by 16.5 points on the Western Ontario and the McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC). Additionally, patients maintain an improvement average of 12.25 even after 6 months, at which point they are eligible to restart the program if needed.
The OAK program is a beneficial alternative for those wishing to delay or prevent total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Many patients cannot have this surgery or wish to avoid it, as up to a third of those who have TKA experience chronic pain after the operation.
In OAK, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is placed in the knee joint in the presence of added hyaluronic acid (in most cases already added in the treatment series). With additional bracing, inflammation is relieved and joint space is usually increased, suspending or removing the need for invasive surgery.
“As hyaluronic acid replenishes the joint’s natural lubricant, platelets hunt and find areas of injury.” said Dr K. Paul Gerstenberg, DO of Gerstenberg.clinic. “For example, when someone cuts their finger, the inflamed tissue triggers platelets to attach and build a fibrin network to stop the bleeding. Then, these activated platelets release cytokines and growth factors, which play important roles in cell proliferation, chemotaxis, cell differentiation, and angiogenesis. This whole process makes PRP therapy invaluable in promoting healing.”
Gerstenberg.clinic uses PRP for many joints, tendon problems, male and female sexual dysfunctions and aesthetics. Go to https://gerstenberg.clinic/ or call 409.210.3336 for more information.
Gerstenberg.clinic offers a wide range of medical and wellness services, with an emphasis on alternative approaches. As a major independent firm of Southeast Texasthese currently include the OAK program, Biote Hormone Replacement Therapy, IV infusion treatments, O-shot®, P-shot®, HeartSmart cardiovascular screening and others. Dr. Gerstenberg is the local health authority for Port Neches, TX and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center at Fort Worth-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. follow on facebook @gerstenberg.clinicinstagram @gdotclinicor subscribe to Gerstenberg.clinic health and wellness emails.
K Paul GerstenbergTO DO