PRP is Not for Routine Office Use

Those two recommended set of injections at $6,000 per series for your Achilles tendinitis hasn’t sounded very good for the past few years. Ever since a controlled, prospective comparison study demonstrated there was absolutely no difference in the efficacy of PRP over saline injected in the same manner, there has been doubt about the use of PRP in the office. But instead of falling by the wayside, like a bad political candidate, it has spread by meme and scheme far and wide and even infiltrated some of the best offices in the country and world.

The British Medical Journal has recently posted an article strongly recommending against the in office use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) outside of PRP Production (from BMJ)established studies.

The article was titled: “How effective are platelet rich plasma injections in treating musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries?” The answer, at this time, seems to lie somewhere between “we have no clue” and “not very”. This study mentions a previous review by the Cochrane review (2014) which examined 19 studies and found insufficient evidence of the usefulness of PRP. This study reviews 10 additional studies and reaches the same conclusion.

The article is readily available and worth a read:

PRP review at BMJ

References:

How effective are platelet rich plasma injections in treating musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries?  Keene,DJ, Alsousou,J, Willett,K BMJ 2016;352:i517
BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i517 (Published 17 February 2016)

Autologous platelets have no effect on the healing of human achilles tendon ruptures: a randomized single-blind study. Schepull T1, Kvist J, Norrman H, Trinks M, Berlin G, Aspenberg P. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jan;39(1):38-47. doi: 10.1177/0363546510383515. Epub 2010 Nov 3.