Platelet-rich plasma doesn’t work for rotator cuff (shoulder) tendons

Yet another salvo in the ongoing debate about whether platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy — sometimes known as “blood spinning” — is a miracle tendon healer or an expensive placebo. At an American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine conference in San Diego, researchers presented the results of a new study of PRP for rotator cuff tendon …

Achilles tendons, platelet-rich plasma and Megan Wright

Today’s Globe has my article on new approaches to treating and preventing Achilles tendinopathy, including platelet-rich plasma therapy, a.k.a. blood spinning. Since I’m in Delhi, I had a chance to speak to the experts here with the Canadian team, and to Megan Wright (2008 Olympic 5,000-metre finalist who missed most of 2009 with Achilles tendon …

Platelet-rich plasma therapy: just another placebo?

“Platelet-rich plasma therapy” is a pretty hot topic these days, what with sports doc Anthony Galea (who has performed the technique on countless professional athletes) under the microscope because of a criminal investigation, and recreational athletes getting in on the action too. It’s a pretty simple concept: extract the patient’s blood, spin it in a …