Recently, someone wrote in asking if PRP could help degenerative disc disease. Here is an answer to that question.
Presently, there are no specific human trials using PRP for degenerative disc disease. Theoretical and cell culture evidence does support its use. An article published in the esteemed journal Spine by Akeda et al stated:
"Platelet-rich plasma was effective in stimulating cell proliferation and extracellular matrix metabolism. The response to platelet-rich plasma was greater in the case of anulus fibrosus cells than of nucleus pulposus cells. The local administration of platelet-rich plasma might stimulate intervertebral disc repair. In addition, given the risks of using animal serum for tissue engineering, autologous blood may gain favor as a source of growth factors and serum supplements needed for stimulating cells to engineer intervertebral disc tissues."
Clearly, much more research is needed but the use of PRP for DDD does seem like a reasonable option that may one day be available.