Platelet-rich plasma versus hyaluronic acid to treat tendinopathies

Platelet-rich plasma versus hyaluronic acid to treat tendinopathies

Abstract

Introduction: The treatment of patellar tendinopathies could be difficult. This is the reason why new treatments have been developed, among which platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Some clinical series have previously evaluated the effect of PRP in the treatment of proximal patellar tendinopathies. Recent systematic review concluded that PRP could be recommend as a treatment in such indication (1). Recently, the viscoelastic properties of hyaluronic acid (HA) on liquid connective tissue have been proposed for the treatment of tendinopathies (2). Some fundamental studies show encouraging results on HA\'s ability to promote tendon gliding and reduce adhesion as well as to improve tendon architectural organisation. Some observations also support its use in a clinical setting to improve pain and function.

Purpose: We aimed to compare the effect of PRP injection versus two injections of HA after three months on patients who have a proximal patellar tendinopathy.

Abstract

Introduction: The treatment of patellar tendinopathies could be difficult. This is the reason why new treatments have been developed, among which platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Some clinical series have previously evaluated the effect of PRP in the treatment of proximal patellar tendinopathies. Recent systematic review concluded that PRP could be recommend as a treatment in such indication (1). Recently, the viscoelastic properties of hyaluronic acid (HA) on liquid connective tissue have been proposed for the treatment of tendinopathies (2). Some fundamental studies show encouraging results on HA\'s ability to promote tendon gliding and reduce adhesion as well as to improve tendon architectural organisation. Some observations also support its use in a clinical setting to improve pain and function.

Purpose: We aimed to compare the effect of PRP injection versus two injections of HA after three months on patients who have a proximal patellar tendinopathy.

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