Recently, emerging evidence has suggested that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may also be of assistance in the treatment of osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions of joints.
It is felt that the growth factors may assist in cartilage regeneration and also mediate benefit by providing an immune modulating effect, whereby the inflammatory cascade is dampened. Thus, PRP may act as a natural anti-inflammatory substance to result in symptomatic pain relief of sore arthritic joints.
The process of obtaining PRP for use in treatment of osteoarthritis of joints is identical to that outlined for PRP injections of tendons.
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- Halpern BC, Chaudhury S, Rodeo SA. The role of platelet-rich plasma in inducing musculoskeletal tissue healing. HSS JJul;8(2):137-45, 2012.
- Jang SJ, Kim JD, Cha SS. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections as an effective treatment for early osteoarthritis. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol Jul;23(5):573-80, 2013
Referring doctors are welcome to discuss with our radiologists the imaging and interventional radiology needs of their patients and whether a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.