A research team from MedStar National Rehabilitation Network presented a pilot study at AAP 2015 in San Antonio that assesses the efficacy of ultrasound guided platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections in the non-operative management of acetabular hip labral tears.
"Hip labral tears cause significant pain and difficulty with mobility and activity, and are more commonly being diagnosed via ultrasound and magnetic resonance arthrography. If not addressed, labral tears may in turn lead to more progressive, degenerative hip disease. Our research demonstrates that single injection of autologous platelet rich plasma under ultrasound guidance can significantly reduce hip pain and improve patient function in as little as two weeks. As opposed to open or arthroscopic surgical repair, this study suggests a minimally invasive and lower risk procedure by which pain and functional limitations in hip labral tears may be addressed," said lead author Andrew Gordon, MD.
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