Platelet-rich plasma: combinational treatment modalities for musculoskeletal conditions

Abstract

Current research on common musculoskeletal problems, including osteoarticular conditions, tendinopathies, and muscle injuries, focuses on regenerative translational medicine. Platelet-rich plasma therapies have emerged as a potential approach to enhance tissue repair and regeneration. Platelet-rich plasma application aims to provide supraphysiological concentrations of platelets and optionally leukocytes at injured/pathological tissues mimicking the initial stages of healing. However, the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma is controversial in chronic diseases because patients’ outcomes show partial improvements. Platelet-rich plasma can be customized to specific conditions by selecting the most appropriate formulation and timing for application or by combining platelet-rich plasma with synergistic or complementary treatments. To achieve this goal, researchers should identify and enhance the main mechanisms of healing. In this review, the interactions between platelet-rich plasma and healing mechanisms were addressed and research opportunities for customized treatment modalities were outlined. The development of combinational platelet-rich plasma treatments that can be used safely and effectively to manipulate healing mechanisms would be valuable and would provide insights into the processes involved in physiological healing and pathological failure.

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Andia, I., Abate, M. Platelet-rich plasma: combinational treatment modalities for musculoskeletal conditions. Front. Med. 12, 139–152 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11684-017-0551-6

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  • regenerative medicine
  • joint conditions
  • muscle injuries
  • platelet rich plasma
  • tendinopathy
  • healing mechanisms