I recently saw a man in his 30s who has thinning of the cartilage in his hip joints. He recently had arthroscopic surgery for femoral acetabular impingement in his hips, with limited benefit. In fact, a few months after surgery he still had persistent pain, could no longer exercise, and was requiring narcotics for pain relief. He came to see me to inquire if PRP would be a good option in his care. He was essentially looking at a future of limited activity and progressive pain. This combination of problems becomes a vicious cycle as pain leads to less activity, which leads to weakened muscles, which leads to more pain, and the cycle continues.
We treated both his hip joints with 2 treatments of combined PRP and hyaluronic acid. His pain level is 80% improved, he’s back exercising, and feels great. Granted not everyone will get this same sort of response, but this certainly was a satisfying result. In someone with mild to moderate arthritis, PRP and hyaluronic acid is a good option for pain relief and getting back into the game, meaning continuing your normal exercise routine and your normal life.