NEW Study Shows PRP Effective for Rotator Cuff Tears - Valley Sports Medicine

NEW Study Shows PRP Effective for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Partial rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. For Orthopedic Surgeons, the treatment of a partial rotator cuff tears can be a challenge, since it can range from conservative to surgical. In recent years the use of platelet-rich plasma for healing tissue damage has been established.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

PRP is short for Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration, and repair, promote the development of new blood vessels. Find out more about PRP and its use in treatment.

A recent study from the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science showed ultrasound guided platelet-rich plasma injection for partial rotator cuff tears to be an effective procedure. For the study, 20 active individuals between the ages of 18-80 with symptomatic partial rotator cuff tears participated. All of the participants came in with primary, traumatic, or degenerative rotator cuff tears, and had their initial evaluation within 18 months prior to the study.

Measurements were taken before the injection, after the injection, at the 8-week follow up and at the 3-month follow up. Additionally, there was a follow-up ultrasound taken at the 8-week check-in. Of the 20 participants, 17 saw significant improvements from the PRP.

Overall PRP offers a cost-effective, less problematic way to treat partial rotator cuff tears.


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