Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Future of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma in the last year has taken off as a potential stand alone treatment or a way to augment other treatments. Prospective randomized trials for PRP are on-going in several countries including the US, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. As we continue to gather both basic science and clinical data we will be better able to determine specific applications.

A group of patients and providers has been formed to help work on not just PRP but other potential treatments for tendon injuries and disorders. If you would like to contribute this discussion, please join the Total Tendon Network. To join this group or to learn more, visit: Total Tendon.com


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Platelet Rich Plasma and Growth Hormone

Today the San Francisco Chronicle on the front page of its sports section published an article written by Gwen Knapp on growth hormone use in sports. Dr. Mishra in the article is quoted about the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP). Below is a portion of that article:

Article by Gwen Knapp: "Who’s to say that someday, not far in the future, growth hormone won’t be as common as cortisone? Or that right now, brilliant doctors aren’t chafing under FDA rules and sports world priggishness that prevent them from treating patients at what they believe to be optimal, and safe, levels?"

"I thought Allan Mishra, a surgeon at the Menlo Medical Clinic and an adjunct professor at Stanford, might be one of them. He is researching something called platelet-enriched plasma and its effect on damaged tendons. Platelets are the clotting element in blood, and Mishra said a high concentration of them near a wound appears to trick the body into sending growth factors, a healing agent, to the site."

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