Intratendinous Injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma under US Guidance toTreat Tendinopathy:A Long- Term Pilot Study
Purpose: To assess the potential therapeutic effect of intratendinous injection of platelet-richplasma(PRP) under ultrasound (US) guidance to treat tendon tears and tendinosis in a pilot study with long-term follow-up.
Materials and Methods: The study included 408 consecutive patients referred fort reatment by PRP in jection of tendinopathy in the upper (medial and lateral epicondylar tendons)and the lower(patellar,Achilles,hamstring and adductor longus,and peroneal tendons)limb who received a single intra tendinous injection of PRP under US guidance. Clinical and US data were retrospectively collected for each anatomic compartment for upper and lower limbs before treatment(baseline)and 6 weeks after treatment. Late clinical data without US were collected until 32 months after the procedure(mean,20.2months). The McNemar test and regression model were used to compare clinical and US data.