Platelet-rich plasma therapy: a systematic literature review and evidence for clinical use

Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Feb;39(1):42-51. doi: 10.3810/psm.2011.02.1861.


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous blood-derived product with an increased concentration of platelets in plasma, which are used to deliver supraphysiological levels of growth factors. Platelet-rich plasma has been used in many fields, including oral, maxillofacial, and plastic surgery. Its use in sports medicine has been increasing after recent evidence and media publicity suggest that it may augment the treatment of muscle strains, as well as tendon and ligament healing. Basic science and animal studies show promising results, but high-level clinical trials have yet to prove its efficacy. With increasing media coverage on the use of PRP in athletes, it is paramount that orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians understand the various methods of preparation and administration, potential clinical applications, and available clinical results to best counsel patients on its advantages and disadvantages.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma*
  • Sports Medicine / methods*
  • Wounds and Injuries / rehabilitation*