Frontiers in Arthritis

Frontiers in Arthritis

Volume: 1

Management of Osteoarthritis - A Holistic View

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The Role of Viscosupplementation and Platelet Rich Plasma in the Management of Osteoarthritis of Knee and Hip

Pp. 39-58 (20)

Víctor Vaquerizo and Fiona Blanco-Kelly

Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people worldwide. However, there is no consensus on the treatment of OA. Treatments aim to reduce pain and help joint function. But they only improve symptoms in the medium term. Nowadays, we have diverse intra-articular treatments, which aim to get better results. Viscosupplementation and Platelet rich plasma are based on the physiologic relevance of hyaluronic acid in synovial joints, and the effect of platelets in the intra-articular homeostasis respectively. HA is used with good results in young patients with Knee OA grade I-II.

Additionally, there is enough evidence to consider the PRP as a valid and effective treatment to reduce pain and to improve the quality of life of patients with knee OA.

Keywords:

Hip osteoarthritis, Hyaluronic acid, Knee osteoarthritis, Platelet rich plasma, Viscosupplementation and growth factors.

Affiliation:

Príncipe de Asturias University Hospital, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.