It is a well known fact that athletes, especially those who’ve had a history of knee injury, have an early onset and higher prevalence of osteoarthritis as compared to the average person the same age. Conventional treatment for knee osteoarthritis includes anti-inflammatory medications including cortisone injections, knee braces, ice, and rest. All of which usually lead to further knee deterioration.
We often see patients who have x-ray evidence of early or mild knee osteoarthritis and have no or few symptoms. These patients almost universally desire to continue their active lifestyle, hopefully without further damage to the knees.
Prolotherapy and or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) regenerative injection techniques and therapies can strengthen the ligaments and tendons in and about the knee joint and prevent or delay osteoarthritic changes from occurring, thus allowing these patients to continue their activities without or with less pain and instability.