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Surgeon. 2012 Jun;10(3):148-50. doi: 10.1016/j.surge.2011.03.004. Epub 2011 May 31.

Platelet plasma rich products in musculoskeletal medicine: any evidence?

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  • 1Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Mile End Hospital, 275 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DG, UK.


Platelet reach plasma (PRP) is considered to accelerate muscle and tendon healing and allow early return to elite competition, and it is often recommend as best practice for management of musculoskeletal injuries. Even though several growth factors abundant in PRPs have been extensively studied in tissue regeneration, the key factors are yet unknown. Given our rudimentary knowledge of the mechanism of action of the PRPs, it is challenging to use this technology to promote early healing, and produce improved and accelerated functional recovery. We prompt researchers to undertake appropriately powered level I studies with adequate and relevant outcome measures and clinically appropriate follow up.

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