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Growth Factors

A vast and rapidly growing literature abounds on a class of peptides commonly called growth factors. Accelerated healing of skin wounds has been reported after local application of several growth factors.

After injury, the platelets travel to the wound site, form a clot, and hemostasis is obtained. Platelets secrete peptides such as platelet-derived growth factor […]

Thickened Subacromial Bursa

A previously unrecognized form of rotator cuff injury can occur in contact sports. After an acute traumatic injury to the shoulder, the athlete may develop weakness on elevation and external rotation. The clinical symptoms are the same as for a torn rotator cuff. An MRI reveals only hypertrophic changes (enlargement and thickening) on the bursal […]

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Grafts for Musculoskeletal Injuries: A Review


In Europe and the United States, there is an increasing prevalence of the use of autologous blood products to facilitate healing in a variety of applications. Recently, we have learned more about specific growth factors, which play a crucial role in the healing process. With that knowledge there is abundant enthusiasm in the application […]