Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PRP at the Advanced Team Physician Course

Dr. Allan Mishra and Dr. Nicola Maffulli debated how to diagnosis and treat patellar tendinopathy at the Advanced Team Physician Course. It was a spirited discussion of when to use imaging, when to hold an athlete out of competition and then how to treat these patients. It was clear from the meeting that there is no consensus about how to treat this sometimes difficult problem. Dr. Mishra advocated early imaging and a biologically enhanced rehabilitation. The biologic enhancement would come from a platelet rich plasma procedure early on at 6-8 weeks after the onset of symptoms.

Obviously we need better prospective randomized trials of PRP, surgery and other therapies for chronic patellar tendinopathy.

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