AAOS Now, July 2011
Making the case for orthopaedic procedures
By Madeleine Lovette Comparative effectiveness research provides science to support results The explosive growth in the number of costly orthopaedic procedures—including joint replacements, back surgeries, and other treatments—has attracted the attention of legislators, payers, employers, and experts in both health care and economics. Without scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of these procedures, many of these critics are beginning to ask questions.
Treating tendons, bones, and cartilage with PRP
A report from the AAOS Now PRP Forum Versions of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) have been used to treat everything from plantar fasciitis to rotator cuff repair. But its effects differ, depending on the musculoskeletal structure and the composition of the PRP itself. Understanding how PRP affects the healing processes of various musculoskeletal tissues is critical to determining the appropriate type of PRP for specific injuries. The PRP Forum, sponsored by AAOS Now and held on Feb.