“Bloody” treatment holds promise

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is currently used as an alternative treatment method for several common orthopaedic-related sports medicine conditions. According to a review article in the October 2009 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early outcomes of PRP appear promising; however, larger clinical studies are still needed to determine the benefits of its use.

“Some proponents believe that PRP may catalyze the body’s repair mechanisms at areas of injury, improve healing, and shorten recovery time,” said study coauthor Michael Hall, MD, a senior orthopaedic surgery resident at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. “Clinically, however, minimal evidence exists to support this theory and more research must be performed.”

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