Thursday, May 24, 2012

Platelet Rich Plasma Significantly Improves Pain and Function for Patellar Tendonitis

In a randomized controlled trial, platelet rich plasma significantly improved pain and function in patients with patellar tendinopathy (also known as patellar tendonitis).  In the study, PRP was compared to dry needling.  The PRP used in the study contained concentrated platelets and white blood cells, also known as leukocytes (prepared via the Biomet Biologics GPS system).   Both groups were also given an eccentric exercise program.

“Importantly, we also showed that PRP is both clinically and statistically significantly better than dry needling based on the Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment  (VISA) score of patella tendinopathy symptoms.”  (See Full Article)

MRI showing significant patellar tendinopathy

This important data contributes significantly to the growing body of evidence suggesting PRP has value in the treatment of tendon related disorders.  

AM (@bloodcure)
Total Tendon

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