Recent study on PRP for Achilles tendinitis. It showed PRP was no more effective than placebo injections. While we’re not big believers that PRP is that much moire effective than less expensive procedures like prolotherapy, this study has problems. The placebo was equivalent to a percutaneous tenotomy, where you injure the tendon with a needle to try and get it to heal. What the study did show, is that for most patients, adding in PRP was no better than a standard micro injury technique for tendons (which likely works well by itself without PRP added). I still believe that for some patients the addition of PRP makes a difference, but this study does pop the balloon a bit on the idea that PRP is magical stuff.
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Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…