The PRP debate.

Achilles Tendinopathy is a major clinical problem.

Injections with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) improve tissue repair and tendon structure. PRP also increases blood supply to the tendon collagen tissue by stimulating blood vessels to grow.

But, what does this mean for patients with Achilles Tendinopathy? What are the functional outcomes: Does it restore the tendon to its pre-injury strength? Can they run faster, jump higher? Or is an exercise programme just as effective?

de Vos and team looked at this issue in detail. With their randomized control trial, the effect of PRP and eccentric exercises on the Archilles tendon are evaluated using ultrasound techniques.

How do the current findings influence our practice?

Read their paper in BJSM Online First to find out more.

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