Journal article

Platelet-Rich Plasma for the Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

Kim L Bennell, David J Hunter, Kade L Paterson

CURRENT RHEUMATOLOGY REPORTS | SPRINGER | Published : 2017

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) are major public health problems worldwide causing pain, disability and impaired quality of life. This narrative paper discusses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a treatment for hip and knee OA, with a focus on evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs). RECENT FINDINGS: Since the first RCT of PRP in 2012, there has been 15 RCTs in knee OA and three in hip OA, mostly comparing PRP to another intra-articular injection therapy, hyaluronic acid. All studies are of low to moderate methodological quality and use variable PRP protocols. In general, results showed that PRP is a safe treatment with potential to provide symptomatic benefit for O..

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