Ultrasound Guided Platelet Rich Plasma and Autologous Stem Cells Injections: An Emerging Alternative Treatment for Osteochondral DefectsSusmarski AJ1, Franco T2 and De Luigi AJ3*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Arthur Jason De Luigi
MedStar National Rehabilitation
Hospital MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 24, 2013; Accepted date: March 11, 2013; Published date: March 14, 2013
Citation: Susmarski AJ, Franco T, De Luigi AJ (2013) Ultrasound Guided Platelet Rich Plasma and Autologous Stem Cells Injections: An Emerging Alternative Treatment for Osteochondral Defects. Altern Integr Med 2: 108. doi: 10.4172/2327-5162.1000108
Copyright: © 2013 Susmarski AJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Osteochondral defects are a frequent cause of knee pain in the population. The majority of the diagnosed cases of osteochondral defects (OCD) are treated with surgical procedures. However, there are emerging alternative and integrative medicine options which have appeared on the horizon. These alternative treatment options are minimally invasive with a significant cost reduction and the potential for an earlier return on function due to a shorter rehabilitation period. The focus of this report will be to demonstrate the efficacy of Ultrasound (US) guided Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Autologous Stem Cell Injections in the treatment of osteochondral Defects.