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Platelet-rich plasma not suitable for routine use in clinical practice.

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In a new paper published in the British Medical Journal, Dr David Keene and Professor Keith Willett highlight that routine use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in clinical practice for musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries cannot be recommended given the lack of high quality clinical evidence supporting its efficacy.

PRP are prepared from a patient's own blood and have become increasingly popular in sports medicine and orthopaedic practice as treatment for muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. However, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of PRP and more research is needed to establish its efficacy and how it compares to other active interventions.

Read more (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences)