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Sports medicine

Platelet-rich plasma: a novel therapy for osteoarthritis and tendinopathy

Nathan Gibbs, Masiiwa Njawaya

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Abstract

Platelet-rich plasma treatment involves collecting concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood and injecting them into injured areas to facilitate healing.

Article Extract

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment – using patients’ own blood platelets to stimulate healing in injured musculoskeletal tissue – is a relatively new treatment. Although it has been in use for more than 10 years, it has only recently been employed in Australia, primarily by sports medicine physicians. It is gaining popularity because of its relative low cost, simplicity and, from the authors’ experience, good clinical outcomes.

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