Platelet rich plasma therapy: A comparative effective therapy with promising results in plantar fasciitis

J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2013 Mar;4(1):31-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcot.2013.01.008. Epub 2013 Feb 4.

Abstract

Chronic muscle & tendon injuries are one of the problems which are encountered by human being since last long time. These injuries are generally repetitive strain injuries, commonly found in athletes. There are various treatments which include conservative methods in initial stages to surgery in later stages. On minimal invasive aspect Ultrasound-guided fenestration and tenotomy surgery has been used with good results as an effective treatment of chronic tendinopathies.(1,2) There are various injectable agents which were also researched including simple solutions such as hyperosmolar dextrose(3) (prolotherapy) to complex orthobiologic agents such as bone morphogenic protein,(4) but none have achieved uniform success. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection has emerged as a treatment alternative for many musculoskeletal conditions. We have done this study on sixty patients to evaluate & compare the effects of platelet rich plasma & steroid injection on patients with planter fasciitis. The results at the 1, 3 & 6 months were evaluated, which showed the good results with platelet rich plasma in comparison to steroid injections.

Keywords: Planter fasciitis; Platelet rich plasma; Steroid injections.