- Recommendation ID
- Further research into platelet-rich plasma injections for treating osteoarthritis of the knee should clearly describe patient selection and should take the form of well-designed, controlled studies that compare the procedure against other methods of management. Outcomes should include measures of knee function, patient-reported outcome measures and the timing of subsequent interventions. Studies aimed at assessing possible cartilage repair after platelet-rich plasma injections should include detailed radiographic or MRI imaging before and after the procedure.
- Any explanatory notes
- Current evidence on platelet-rich plasma injections for osteoarthritis of the knee raises no major safety concerns; however, the evidence on efficacy is inadequate in quality. Therefore this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research.
Source guidance details
- Comes from guidance
- Platelet-rich plasma injections for osteoarthritis of the knee
- Date issued
- May 2014
|Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research?||No|
|Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?||No|