|May 2013 X-Ray|
I'm also including an xray of a normal knee so you can see what it should look like without arthritis.
When there is this much damage there are very limited options available. My doctor said I could try the unloader brace but I tried that on the right knee and it only caused bruising and ripped the skin off my knee and didn't improve the pain any Not trying that again.
|March 2014 X-Ray|
I could also try OrthoVist again but it generally does not work well when there is so little cartilage left.
And there is knee replacement which has a fairly extensive recovery process but was very successful on my right knee.
But there is ONE other option that is fairly controversial at this point but has shown some promising results -- PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma injections. PRP is where they remove blood from your arm, remove the platelets from the whole blood and then inject it directly into the knee with the hopes of stimulating growth and healing. Despite it showing some decent results, its not currently covered by insurance and there are not many doctors who are using it for arthritis. I had been reading about the studies using the technology so when my doctor mentioned it was something he would like to try, I jumped at being his first patient.
Being his guinea pig wasn't as risky as it sounds. He has been using the process in surgery for soft tissue repair quite awhile with very good results.
Its been a few days now and it may be just having more fluid in there but I do feel there is less pain so I am hopeful. I know my knee is pretty far gone though so the chances are lower but one can hope. If it works then I will get another injection in about six weeks and potentially one more.
Crossing fingers and toes that it works.