PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) UPDATE
Since my last article on PRP, there have been some exciting new research further supporting its use in treatment of tendonopathies (ie. Lateral Epicondylitis), but there have also been some research that shows it to be effective in treating arthritis and cartilage lesions.
One of these studies looked at an experimental isolated cartilage lesion in the knees live sheep. One group of sheep was treated with PRP and one was not treated. The group treated with PRP showed improvements in the lesion healing and the healing tissue was biomechanically stronger.
Several studies compared PRP injections with viscosupplementation (the stuff that commonly comes from Rooster Combs). Many of these studies found greater improvement in the patient’s symptoms with PRP over viscosupplements.
If you suffer from lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), patella tendonitis (jumper’s knee), plantar fascitis, or arthritis, PRP may be a reasonable treatment option. I would by no means claim that it is a definitive cure for these problems, but it is a very good non-operative treatment option.
Please click on the link below to see the presentation that I gave at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society in 2014.