Platelet-rich plasma for articular cartilage repair

Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2013 Dec;21(4):213-9. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e3182999740.


Platelet concentrates have been gaining popularity for a number of applications in orthopedic surgery as a way to enhance both healing of various tissues and reduce pain. One major area of focus has been the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on stem cells and chondrocytes and the potential for PRP to enhance cartilage regeneration as well as reduce catabolic factors that lead to cartilage degradation. This article provides an up-to-date review of the current literature regarding the effect of PRP on articular cartilage and its use in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Basic science, animal, and human clinical investigations are presented. In general, PRP has been shown to promote chondrogenic differentiation in vitro and lead to enhanced cartilage repair during animal investigations. Human trials, mostly conducted in the form of injection into knees with osteoarthritis, have shown promise in a number of investigations for achieving symptomatic relief of pain and improving function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Cartilage, Articular / physiology
  • Cartilage, Articular / physiopathology*
  • Cytokines / metabolism
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration / methods
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / metabolism
  • Osteoarthritis / therapy*
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma / physiology*
  • Wound Healing / physiology*


  • Biomarkers
  • Cytokines
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins