Treating Arthritis Pain with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Treating Arthritis Pain with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Most Americans will experience pain and stiffness from arthritis at some point in their lives.  Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the knee, hip, shoulder, back…even the fingers and toes.  

Osteoarthritis, commonly known as degenerative arthritis, is estimated to affect one in four U.S. adults, making it one of the most common medical conditions Americans will face.  It is a chronic joint disease that slowly degenerates the protective cartilage in your joints and causes chronic inflammation. It can be successfully treated with platelet rich plasma therapy, which heals injured tissues and decreases painful inflammation.

How Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Works

There are different kinds of cells found in our blood.  Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets all serve critical functions in the body.  These include carrying oxygen, fighting infection and repairing damaged tissues.

Platelets help to stop bleeding, but they also release growth factors and proteins that promote tissue repair and decrease inflammation. Platelet rich plasma therapy concentrates these important healing components and reintroduces them in the specific injured area to stimulate tissue repair.  Its powerful healing properties can improve the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis and stop its progression (1).

Is it Safe?

Platelet Rich Plasma is the most common orthobiologic used to treat orthopedic conditions.  Orthobiologics are cells and cellular molecules used to heal orthopedic injuries.  There are hundreds of research studies in the peer-reviewed medical literature showing the safety of this treatment for orthopedic conditions (2-13).

How Effective Are Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments for Joint Osteoarthritis?

High quality clinical studies have proven that PRP is more effective than standard treatments of exercise, steroid injections and hyaluronic acid (gel) injections.  PRP has been shown to improve pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis in particular. 

Several factors play a role in the successful outcome with these treatments, including the severity of the osteoarthritis, medical comorbidities, medications and the patient’s nutritional status. It is important to evaluate the patient as a whole to determine proper treatment and to support a positive outcome.

Dr. Christopher Rogers of San Diego Orthobiologics Group performed one of the first PRP treatments in San Diego in 2009, and SDOMG is proud to be the first clinic in San Diego—and third in the United States—to offer ENDORET PRGF therapy for the treatment of orthopedic conditions. Dr. Rogers and Dr. Mary Ambach have performed thousands of ultrasound-guided platelet rich plasma treatments. Many patients obtain successful results with their PRP treatments after just one treatment.




Important Practice Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important Practice Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group is taking special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection.

In an effort to ensure safety of all patients and staff, we kindly ask that you contact the office to reschedule your appointments if you:

Are experiencing any of these symptoms of viral infection:

  • Fever > 100 ° F or chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough

Have within the last 2 weeks:

  • Been exposed to a patient with viral illness symptoms
  • Travelled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea
  • Visited a nursing care facility

We have always taken a proactive and vigilant approach to ensure patient safety. We continue to sanitize our facility and equipment rigorously and take all necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff.

To slow transmission of the virus in our community:

  • Minimize touching surfaces when in public.
  • Wash hands frequently for more than 20 seconds.
  • Use CDC-approved hand sanitizers
  • Cover your mouth with your arm when coughing
  • Stand more than 6 feet away from people when in public
  • Reduce face-to-face contact with people known to have viral illness

For more information about coronavirus, please visit CDC coronavirus (COVID-19) information site

We all need to be mindful, not fearful. 

Don’t Miss: 30% OFF cell-based therapies

Don’t Miss: 30% OFF cell-based therapies

San Diego Orthobiologic Medical Group would like to help you get a jumpstart on your health.  We are offering a 30% discount our more advanced cell based therapies (*does not include PRP).

These are evidence based, non-surgical alternatives for arthritis, tendon tears and other orthopedic conditions.  

You can visit our website to learn more about bone marrow and adipose derived cell based therapies at

This special is good for a limited time only, so call us now at (760) 909-2355 to schedule your evaluation.

Dr Chris Rogers lectured on Evidence Based Medicine at the IOF Annual Conference

Dr Chris Rogers lectured on Evidence Based Medicine at the IOF Annual Conference

Dr Rogers gave an outstanding presentation on what  institutes evidenced based medicine and who should decide. He shared his expertise on Orthobiologics to attendees consisting of scientists, fellow physicians and experts in the field of Interventional Orthopedics.

The San Diego Orthobiologics team participated in the  Interventional Orthopedics Foundation’s Annual Scientific Conference in Broomfield, Colorado. Dr. Rogers and Dr. Ambach learned new science and discussed research and ideas on Regenerative Medicine with scientists and physicians from all over the world.




San Diego Orthogioloics is extremely excited to be opening the doors to the NexMed Center of Carlsbad.

The NextMed Center of Carlsbad medical campus is the hub for innovative medical treatments with an eye to defining the future of medicine. From women’s services to regenerative medicine; orthopedics to same-day surgery – the best doctors in the country have come together to serve patients in the beautiful sea-side town of Carlsbad.

Along with Dr. Christopher Rogers, the center will also have the following doctors available: Dr. Neil McKenna, FAAOMPT, OSC  & Dr. Min Kim, ND, LAc

Grand Opening & Community Event will include:

  • Hosted tours of medical suites, light refreshments and children’s activities
  • Street Tacos
  • Kona Ice Truck
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • DJ Simple rocking the tunes
  • Balloon Artist
  • Fresh Popcorn
  • Lemonade Stand

Doors will open to the public on Saturday, August 12th at 11 am to 2 pm, at 6125 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011-1117

This is a FREE event and we hope to see you all there.

For information please contact us at 760-909-2355.

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of The Day?

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of The Day?

The path to physical freedom can lead down different roads for different people.  Although, one thing remains true for all of us.  A healthy diet plays an important role in our overall health.  There are several factors involved in maintaining a healthy diet.  One tip that has been engrained in most of us since we were children is the importance of not skipping breakfast.  Some of you may be wondering though, is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Let us help break it down for you.

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

The short answer is, not necessarily.  Nutrition experts tend to have varying answers to this question. While most everyone can agree that eating breakfast has its benefits, many believe the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is a bit overblown. For example, if you don’t consume any calories in the morning, there is still a good chance you will eat just as many calories during the day as someone who does take the time to eat in the morning.  On the other hand, there are many studies that support the notion that breakfast is crucial to giving your body the kick start it needs for you to make healthy decisions for the rest of the day.  While more research is needed to officially confirm a causational relationship between breakfast and physical health, here are a few touted benefits of eating breakfast.

What are the benefits of eating breakfast?

Energy Boost: Eating breakfast has been known to increase blood sugar which in turn boosts your energy. Essentially, eating when you wake up in the morning can help get your day started and you moving.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) did a study recently that suggested that people who eat breakfast are more physically active in the morning that those who do not. The more active we are throughout the day, the more calories we burn.

Good Nutrition: Traditional breakfast foods are good sources of some of the essential vitamins our bodies need. For example, eggs are rich in vitamin D.  Whole grain bread, cereal and oatmeal are a good source of fiber. Common breakfast fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and apples are a good source of vitamin C.

Prevents Overeating: The longer you go in between meals, the stronger the hunger pains can be.  This often results in overindulging come meal time.  Eating breakfast helps prevents overeating at lunchtime.

Reclaim your active lifestyle, naturally.  San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group offers the path to physical freedom with customized care. Give us a call today! 760-909-2355

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