Author | Nathan Wei, MD


Tissue engineering with platelet-rich plasma and stem cells: New frontier in rheumatology?

July 13, 2009

The ability to heal soft tissue injuries and regenerate cartilage is the Holy Grail of musculoskeletal medicine. With advances in cell biology and technology, practicing physicians now may accomplish more in this area than ever before: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used for multiple soft tissue injuries, and autologous stem cells used in combination with PRP may be effective for tissue repair (eg, rotator cuff tears) as well as cartilage regenerative processes.