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.
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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