What conditions are being treated with platelet-rich plasma?

Dr. James discusses conditions being treated with platelet-rich plasma. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used to treat a variety of conditions, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS).  

Some of the most common conditions treated by PRP, according to the AAOS, include: 

  • Acute ligament and muscle injuries – PRP has gotten much attention because of its use in sports injuries like these. Some examples of injuries it has been used for in athletes include knee sprains and pulled hamstrings. 
  • Chronic tendon injuries – Current research studies have shown PRP to be the most effective treatment of these types of injuries, especially tennis elbow. It seems also to work well for chronic Achilles tendonitis and inflammation of the patellar tendon at the knee, known as jumper’s knee. 
  • Knee arthritis – Research is currently being done to find out how effective PRP is in helping knee arthritis, But it is too early to know if PRP will be better than the current treatment. 
  • Surgery –PRP has been used during some surgeries, including surgery for torn rotator cuff tendons and torn knee ligaments. However, research so far has shown very little or no benefit to the healing from the PRP in these surgeries. 

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