More research is out for the use of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy in knee pain. What is the most appropriate treatment for patellar tendinopathy? At one time it was that that tendinopathy was the result of inflammation. Now doctors know that tendinopathy is a problem of degeneration. Patellar tendinopathy or “jumper’s knee” is the result of overuse and connective tissue breakdown – typically found in athletes who “jump.”

Typically a doctor will prescribe Rest, exercise, medications, heat, therapeutic ultrasound and other treatments. There is no standardized surgical treatment for patellar tendinopathy.

Now researchers are saying Platelet Rich Plasma therapy before ethoxysclerol, cortisone, and/or surgical treatment for patellar tendinopathy.

Researchers in the Netherlands evaluated the outcome of patients with patellar tendinopathy treated with platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) and whether certain characteristics, such as activity level or previous treatment affected the results. What they found was: “After PRP treatment, patients with patellar tendinopathy showed a statistically significant improvement. In addition, these improvements can also be considered clinically meaningful. However, patients who were not treated before with ethoxysclerol, cortisone, and/or surgical treatment showed the improvement.”

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy treatment
First: a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.

The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelets. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets.

Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.

Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.

Magaziner Center for Wellness performs over 1,500 PRP procedures each year. So you know at Magaziner, your wellness is in very good hands.

Gosens T, et al. Pain and activity levels before and after platelet-rich plasma injection treatment of patellar tendinopathy: a prospective cohort study and the influence of previous treatments Int Orthop. 2012 September; 36(9): 1941–1946.