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Proof That PRP Heals

There’s new evidence that not only does platelet rich plasma, PRP, improve pain and function in chronic tendon injuries but actually HEALS them. In the May issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine a study was done on 28 athletes with one of the most common overuse injury knee problem, chronic patellar tendonopathy, also known as Jumper’s Knee. It is characterized by pain and swelling below the kneecap.
100% of the athletes improved. By 3 months, 75% returned to their presymptom sporting levels and maintained that for 2 years with nonsurgical PRP. Not only did their pain go away, but their tendons returned to normal as shown on follow-up MRI’s. 7 subjects were considered treatment failures yet 6 of them still showed partial healing of their tendons by MRI. The article cites prior surgical success rates at somewhere between 46% and 70%.

To be included in the study the athletes had to have the problem at least 4 months (mean of 18 months and range 4-60 months). They had the worst case scenarios and had to fail all nonsurgical treatments such as rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs, physical therapy, peritendon steroid injections, laser therapy, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). The subjects received 3 platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections under ultrasound guidance and were followed by MRI scan to evaluate healing of the tendon.
With our purified and proprietary for of PRP, Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP), we at Greco Medical Group can also treat similar tendon/ligament injuries like rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, IT band syndrome, hip tendonitis and bursitis, and ankle injuries to name a few. CRP works even better for osteoarthritis of the knee to prevent knee replacement surgery. Call us at 941-952-3300 or do a free on-line consult at

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