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Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in an Isolated Complete Medial Collateral Ligament Lesion in a Professional Football (Soccer) Player: A Case Report

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Cristiano Eirale , *

How to Cite: Eirale C. Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in an Isolated Complete Medial Collateral Ligament Lesion in a Professional Football (Soccer) Player: A Case Report, Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 4(2):34517. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.34517.

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Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 4 (2); 158-162
Published Online: December 14, 2012
Article Type: Case Report
Received: July 5, 2012
Accepted: November 27, 2012
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Abstract

Purpose: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from centrifuging whole blood to obtain a high platelet concentration containing numerous growth factors. Despite its widespread use, there is still a lack of high-level evidence regarding randomized clinical trials assessing the efficacy of PRP in treating ligament injuries. Although there is research showing an improvement in the early stages of healing in the animal model of acute medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury of the knee, there is no strong evidence to support the efficacy of PRP injections for treating MCL lesions in humans.

Case Report: In this report, we present a case of an elite football player, treated with multiple PRP local injections followed by rehabilitation, for a high grade MCL lesion of the knee. He was able to resume training at day 18, painfree, with full range of motion and the ability to complete a functional test based on all sport specific movements. He played matches at 25 days with no residual symptoms or functional deficit. There were no further complaints or recurrences at the 16 months follow up.

Conclusions: On the basis of this report, we can assume that the treatment of high grade acute MCL lesions of the knee with PRP is a promising therapeutic option to be further explored with good quality Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs).

Keywords

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Football

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