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Korean Study Finds Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) More Favorable Than Prolotherapy for Treatment of Shoulder Pain Due to Biceps Tendonitis

A new study out of a Korean Medical Journal compared patient outcomes with two different regenerative therapies for the treatment of proximal biceps tendinitis.

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) and Prolotherapy are both commonly used to treat a variety of shoulder ailments. Biceps tendonitis, or inflammation of the biceps tendon, is a common condition which can be debilitating when severe. The study evaluated 100 patients with severe biceps tendonitis without relief to conservative management. Patients were divided equally into two groups. The first group received PRP therapy; the second group received prolotherapy. While there was no significant difference between the groups in the first month after the procedure, the PRP group showed significantly more improvement in the 3rd, 6th, and 12th months after the procedure.

While PRP and prolotherapy have both long been effective in treating tendon and ligament injuries non-surgically, it appears that PRP may be more reliable for maintaining effective results over a longer period of time for certain conditions such as biceps tendonitis.

The Orthohealing Center takes pride in offering our patients a variety of non-surgical options, including both PRP and Prolotherapy, for treating a wide array of common orthopedic joint, tendon, and ligament problems.

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