Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Used Primarily for Chronic Conditions *
PRP treatments have been used for the past two decades to improve wound healing and bone grafting procedures by plastic and maxillofacial (mouth, jaw and neck) surgeons. It is only in recent years that orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists have utilized this technology.
PRP use in sports medicine primarily has been for the treatment of chronic tendon conditions, but also for acute muscle injuries and for the augmentation of tendon repair in the operating room. The most common applications include:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Achilles tendonitis (inflammation and swelling of the Achilles tendon)
- Patellar tendonitis (inflammation of the patellar tendon, also called “Jumper’s Knee”)
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy.
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