Limited data suggest platelet-rich plasma injections offer short-term pain relief in adults with hip degenerative joint disease

Clinical Question

Are platelet-rich plasma injections effective in adults with degenerative joint disease of the hip?

Bottom line

The data on the effectiveness of PRP injections in adults with hip DJD are limited to a few small studies of low to moderate quality, likely resulting in overinflated estimates of benefit. 2a-

Study design: Meta-analysis (other)

Funding: Unknown/not stated

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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Pieter Richard Verbeek

Platelet-rich plasma injections offer short-term pain relief

Umm, I would think the conclusion by the Joule reviewer ought to have been that there were so many limitations to the meta-analysis and the underlying lying literature that no recommendation can be drawn about PRP effectiveness.