What Does Platelet Rich Plasma Treat?
Platelet rich plasma treatments are indicated in some cases of tendon injury around the knee and shoulder. For example, it may be employed for the treatment of chronic patellar tendonitis or chronic quadriceps tendonitis in the knee, or for chronic rotator cuff tendonitis in the shoulder.
PRP has also been found to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, or wear and tear arthritis, in the knee or shoulder. It helps decreased the inflammation, swelling and pain in an arthritic joint. It has not been shown to grow new cartilage.
Variables that may impact the benefits of PRP treatment appear to include:
- Treatment area of the body
- General health and fitness of the patient
- Acute or chronic cause of injury
- The method used to prepare the PRP
- Whether white blood cells are added to the PRP injection.
As such, multiple conditions may be considered for PRP treatment. In addition to chronic tendon injuries, PRP may be used for certain muscle injuries around the knee or shoulder. Studies of PRP continue to demonstrate possible new areas where PRP might be useful.