New Study: The Use of PRP in Ligament and Meniscal Healing

New Study: The Use of PRP in Ligament and Meniscal Healing

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24212368
New Study: The Use of PRP in Ligament and Meniscal Healing
by TOBI Faculty, Jason Dragoo MD

Steven SampsonFounder, President at The Orthohealing CenterContribuidor principal

Platelet Rich Plasma has quickly emerged as a wide spread treatment for acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders, such as tendinopathies and arthritis. However, a recent study out of Sports Medicine Arthroscopy, summarizes an emerging trend amongst PRP researchers: the application of PRP for meniscus and ligament healing.

Recent clinical studies support the potential benefit of PRP in Anterior Cruciate Ligament allograft maturation, while some animal studies suggest PRP effects on primary ACL repair. However, no randomized controlled trials have yet to exhibit benefits in PRP for ACL tendon allograft-tunnel integration.
The use of Platelet Rich Plasma for meniscus repair is much less documented in comparison to ligaments. This review article found only two studies which documented the application of PRP for meniscal healing. The compilation of studies incorporating PRP in ligament and meniscus treatment provided promising evidence for Platelet Rich Plasma application in primary ACL repair in skeletally immature patients, ACL graft maturation, and repair of meniscal tears in avascular zones. This area of PRP research is vastly unexplored and reveals much potential for future advancement in PRP treatment options.

Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24212368

Meet Dr. Dragoo and field leaders publishing the latest research at The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) 5th Annual PRP & Regenerative Medicine Symposium with Cadaver Lab, June 6-7, 2014 in Las Vegas. www.prpseminar.com

The Use of PRP in Ligament and Meniscal Healing. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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Sports Med Arthrosc. 2013 Dec;21(4):206-12. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000005.

The use of PRP in ligament and meniscal healing.

Abstract

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a popular treatment for acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. Although the majority of research has focused on its use in tendinopathy, PRP may have potential in meniscus and ligament healing. Some level II studies support a possible benefit for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) allograft maturation, and preliminary animal studies point to a potential role for PRP in primary ACL repair. However, randomized controlled trials have not demonstrated a benefit of PRP for ACL tendon allograft-tunnel integration. To date, 2 studies document the use of PRP for meniscal applications, but this field is largely unexplored. With respect to ligament and meniscal applications, the current literature suggests PRP may be promising for primary ACL repair in skeletally immature patients, ACL graft maturation, and repair of meniscal tears in the avascular zone.
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