Platelet-rich plasma: What’s behind the hype?

By Kay Daugherty and Mary Ann Porucznik

Does science support PRP use in acute soft-tissue injuries?

Although platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used for many years in other medical specialties, it has only recently become popular in orthopaedic applications. Media reports of dramatic “cures” in high-profile athletes have helped fuel interest in PRP, resulting in a voluminous collection of publications. A recent literature search identified nearly 5,000 articles on PRP, more than a quarter of which were published within the last 5 years.

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