Platelet-Rich Plasma for Treating Tendon Pain

Platelet-rich plasma (PLP) is a promising technique for decreasing pain from tendinopathy— according to a systematic literature review by researchers from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. PLP involves withdrawing blood, concentrating blood platelets and then re-infusing them back into the patient. Platelets help clot blood and decrease inflammation. The researchers concluded that PLP is effective for reducing pain in knee tendinopathy. Most studies do not support its use with Achilles or rotator cuff tendon pain. Their assessment was based on small studies involving few observations, so we need more information before we can assess the effectiveness and safety of this technique. (Physician and Sportsmedicine, 43(3): 253-261, 2015)

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