Role of PRP in the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

  • John S. GeorgyEmail author
  • Lawrence P. Lai
  • Todd P. Stitik
  • Raj D. Desai
  • Charles Koon
  • Sanjay Kumbar
  • Boqing Chen
  • Patrick M. Foye
Sports Medicine Rehabilitation (BJ Krabak, Section Editor)
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  1. Sports Medicine Rehabilitation


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of the many new therapeutic approaches that continues to evolve in the field of general musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, and orthopedic medicine. There has been increasing amount of interest particularly in knee osteoarthritis as it is the most common degenerative disease encountered in clinical practice. PRP injections have been found in the majority of recent clinical studies to be helpful for pain and function. The purpose of this article was to provide the readers with the historical perspective of PRP and the most current literature on the use of PRP for the treatment of knee OA.


Platelet-rich plasma Sports medicine Intra-articular Knee osteoarthritis PRP injections 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Georgy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lawrence P. Lai
    • 2
  • Todd P. Stitik
    • 3
  • Raj D. Desai
    • 4
  • Charles Koon
    • 5
  • Sanjay Kumbar
    • 6
  • Boqing Chen
    • 3
  • Patrick M. Foye
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationMontefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain PhysiciansNewarkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationRutgers, New Jersey Medical SchoolNewarkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationMarianjoy Rehabilitation HospitalWheatonUSA
  5. 5.St. George’s University College of MedicineGreat RiverUSA
  6. 6.American University of Antigua College of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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