We are looking for individuals between the ages of 18-80 who are suffering from knee osteoarthritis to participate in a clinical study. Our study involves the assessment and treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a degenerative disorder where the natural cushion between joints, cartilage, wears away. When this occurs, the bones of the joint rub more closely against one another resulting in abnormal joint function, pain and stiffness. The osteoarthritic process is gradual, with symptoms that may come and go but will eventually worsen over time. Symptoms may include deep achy joint pain exacerbated by extensive use. You may also experience reduced range of motion and a crackling sound when flexing and extending the knee. Resting stiffness and morning joint stiffness lasting less than 30 minutes are also characteristic of osteoarthritis. Advancing age, obesity, trauma, surgery, muscle dysfunction and genetics all contribute to this condition.
Our study is being performed so that we may compare the efficacy of the standard practices of disease management of osteoarthritis which may include, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and weight loss vs. PRP and allograft. These safe, non-surgical approaches are an alternative to surgery. PRP contains a concentration of various growth factors that reduce inflammation and promote the body’s inherent healing capacity. Allografts, stem cells that are derived from the same species which are transferred from one individual to another, have also been shown to provide tremendous improvement in the treatment of osteoarthritis. These long- lasting treatments allow the patient to recover much more quickly and organically, severely reducing the downtime associated with surgery. We encourage our participants to enroll in this exciting and beneficial study so that they may return to being able to enjoy more active, pain-free lives again.