New Knee Fix Without Surgery

Wear and tear on joints can be treated without invasive operation.
1:53 | 12/22/11

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There is a revolutionary new treatment for the Wear and tear on joints they can come of exercise after fifty. Less -- we told you how more and more active women are having knee replacement operations in middle age in tonight's healthy living. Andrea canning reports on a new way to fix those joint problems without surgery. Of these -- -- wasn't always able to swing like best. How much pain where your albums and I was completely and totally debilitated a lifelong athlete in her late fifties suffer from severe tennis elbow. Like so many active boomer women -- joints were breaking down. Jim many wanted to avoid surgery at all costs so she opted for cutting edge procedure known as platelet rich plasma injection therapy or PRP. Being used to treat conditions like tennis elbow tendinitis even arthritis. Here's how it works doctors draw blood from patient -- -- and -- in the centrifuge. Allowing them to separate out the healing agents from the glide. Doctors then take that part of the blood and injected into the patient's -- joint or muscle hoping to grow healthy tissue. How many really excited about this treatment. It allows people bring the baby boomer age to get back into the game. Doctors say it's a less expensive option than surgery treatments can start at 500 dollars. And it lets you avoid that three to six months of rehab that comes with surgery. Most patients are back to their activities within. One to two weeks of treatment. He doesn't work for everyone and there are critics who cautioned more research needs to be done. This is potentially one treatment option that may be utilized but it's not be the magic bullet but studies underway are showing positive results. Do you feel like you've got your life back I absolutely life back I mean I could do everything -- David Sheehan Eddie says her swing is all the proof she needs to know it works. Andrea canning ABC news New York.

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