American Athlete Magazine—January 13, 2012
Dr. Answorth Allen, MD, an associate attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY, and a team physician for the New York Knicks, says PRP is especially beneficial for healing meniscal tissue, which naturally has a low blood supply. Because of its success as both a first line treatment for a tear as well as a way to augment meniscal repairs, Allen uses it routinely.
“PRP has made a large difference in meniscal repairs, encouraging healing in an area that only has about a twenty-five percent vascular supply,” says Allen. “There’s no science to prove it yet, but I’ve been impressed with the results. And as time and technology advance, we’ll see more and more ways to approach tears. So even if the rates of these injuries continue to climb, they’ll become that much easier to treat.”
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