platelet rich placebo

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) pops up from time to time in my twitter timeline, both from my baseball feed and my science feed. I would be very skeptical of a therapy made famous by Kim Kardashian, namely the vampire facial. The vampire facial uses PRP to promote collagen growth to achieve a more youthful look. But of course aesthetic treatments and medical treatments are very different, so I shouldn’t let my Kardashian bias influence my view of PRP as a cure-all for many sports injuries. A selling point for athletes: “One great benefit of PRP is that it is a completely natural procedure, since it uses your own blood. No injecting of foreign materials required!” (Yes, that quote is from another story about vampire facials, but hey, all natural is all natural!)

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