Musculoskeletal applications of platelet-rich plasma: fad or future?

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Mar;196(3):628-36. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.5975.


Objective: The purpose of this article is to detail the biology of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), critically review the existing literature, and discuss future research applications needed to adopt PRP as a mainstay treatment method for common musculoskeletal injuries.

Conclusion: Any promising minimally invasive therapy such as PRP deserves further investigation to avoid surgery. Diagnostic imaging outcome assessments, including ultrasound-guided needle precision, should be included in future investigations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal System / injuries*
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma*
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*