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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Patellar Tendinopathy (PRP)

The overall goal of this research is to find an effective treatment for patellar tendinopathy (PT). To achieve this, we will conduct a double-blinded randomized controlled trial to investigate if platelet-rich plasma is effective for treatment. Clinical (pain and function scores) and bio-mechanical (knee strength) measures will be correlated with disease modification changes assessed using conventional and novel quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US) techniques.
Kenneth Lee, M.D.
18 Years to 39 Years old
Phase 2
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
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Inclusion Criteria:
1. Age between 18 and 39 years 2. Chronic (>3 months) PT 3. Clinical examination consistent with PT 4. MRI or US confirmation of PT 5. Pain score of 3 or greater on a 10-point visual analogue scale 6. Self-report failure of supervised physical therapy 7. Self-report failure of at least 2 of the most common treatment options for PT (e.g. NSAIDs, relative rest, ice and bracing).
Exclusion Criteria:
1. Inability to comply with study follow-up requirements 2. History of bleeding disorders or other hematologic conditions 3. Knee pain from other possible etiologies (e.g., degenerative joint disease, meniscal tear, ligament injury or reconstruction) 4. Full or partial patellar tendon tear 5. Current use of anticoagulation or immunosuppressive therapy 6. Prior knee trauma requiring medical attention or surgery 7. Worker's compensation injury 8. Daily opioid use for pain 9. Contraindication to MRI. 10. Systemic diseases such as Diabetes and connective tissue diseases. 11. Prior PRP or DN procedure. 12. Women that are pregnant
Patellar Tendinitis, Musculoskeletal Abnormalities [C05], Bone, Muscle & Joint, Patellar tendinitis, unspecified knee, Patellar tendinitis, right knee, Patellar tendinitis, left knee, Pain & Pain Management
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