Osteopathic physiatrist Dr. Steven Sampson performs platelet-rich plasma therapy on Natasha to treat osteoarthritis in her knee.
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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Osteoarthritis Deborah Norville: As you just saw, Natasha is one of the millions of Americans suffering from painful and debilitating osteoarthritis. Dr. Travis Stork: But now there’s a new treatment and it is offering hope. Steven Sampson: Arthritis, treatments are very limited because if you’re not treating the root of the problem, it’s just blocking the symptoms of pain inflammation. Natasha, hi, how are you? Natasha: Hi. Steven Sampson: Nice to see you. Natasha is a perfect example where she had an injury to her knee and she tore her meniscus, and the cartilage doesn’t have enough sponge to protect the joint. It begins to wear down. Platelet-rich plasma basically release filling properties called growth factors. And those growth factors coordinate repair and regeneration in the body. So what we do is we take the patient’s own blood about this much in a test tube. You put their blood in a machine, called the centrifuge, which looks like a record player, and we spin the blood at a very high speed and we get rid of all the other properties who don’t play a major role in healing like plasma and the red blood cells. And we’re left with these rich platelets. And then like looking in the body with ultrasound, we inject the patient’s own platelets and growth factor within a millimeter of the injury that should regenerate tissue. Are you okay? So you can see the needle on the upper left hand corner of the screen moving across to the target site so we make sure we’re exactly in the target site otherwise, it’s not going to work. Platelet-rich plasma mimics the body’s natural injury response where revitalizing these cells and we’re trying to regrow and regenerate tissue. So we’re not just blocking their pain but we’re actually fixing the root of the problem. Platelets are in their most active state the first five to seven minutes. So we just want you to lay here still and we’ll see you back soon in your office, okay. Natasha: Thank you. Steven Sampson: Sure. Dr. Travis Stork: Natasha is here with Dr. Steven Sampson and it’s been a week since you have the treatment? Natasha: Yes. Dr. Travis Stork: How is it going? Natasha: I feel good. It was slightly uncomfortable the day after and then it got better and right now, it’s better than it was before. Dr. Travis Stork: Which is fantastic.