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Reported December 3, 2013

PRP Therapy for Degenerative Tendon Disease

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –According to a new study, ultrasound-guided delivery of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) improves functionality and reduces recovery time in athletes with degenerative disease in their tendons.

In PRP therapy, blood is collected from the patient and is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from other blood components.  The PRP is then injected under ultrasound guidance into the target area, where it stimulates cellular growth and healing. It is a popular therapy among professional athletes who want to avoid surgery, from Peyton Manning to Kobe Bryant.

Researchers at the University of L'Aquila in L'Aquila, Italy, evaluated PRP in 50 athletes who had degenerative tendinosis in the Achilles tendon, and 30 who had tendinosis in the patellar tendon.  They found that patients with tendinosis of the Achilles tendon had an overall improvement of 80 percent in pain and 53 percent in functionality after the PRP treatment.  Those with tendinosis in the patellar tendon saw a 75 percent improvement in pain and a 50 percent improvement in functionality.

For more information, go to: http://www2.rsna.org/timssnet/Media/pressreleases/pr_target.cfm?id=700

SOURCE:  Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), December 2013

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