It’s always nice to share success stories. We had a 57 year old female patient recently present to our office with knee pain. She had X-rays that showed moderate to severe medial joint space narrowing. She had prior arthroscopic knee surgery and corticosteroid injections with decent but temporary relief. She wanted to avoid further surgical intervention if possible. We discussed the risks of additional corticosteroid injection, indicating the relief was temporary and came at a cost of toxicity to the cells in the knee. She opted to pursue an orthobiologic option. Orthobiologics are interventions that typically use the patient’s own tissue (platelet rich plasma or bone marrow concentrate) to help assist with the body’s natural recovery process. After the procedure, we typically see a window of 4-8 weeks where the procedure takes effect. For this case, the patient mentioned that she had about 70% relief at the 2 month check in mark. I feel that anything above 50% improvement is a successful and satisfactory result. There are often secondary benefits including, resuming enjoyable activities that were previously limited by pain, improved sleep, and decreased reliance on medication.
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Marc Musson DO is a Physiatry trained physician at Black Stone Physical Medicine. He specializes in treating acute and chronic orthopedic and neurological pain conditions.