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Platelet Rich Plasma: The Future in Healing Your Own Body

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an exciting new treatment that has shown promising results in the field of medicine.  This treatment involves using your own blood products to promote and facilitate healing in injured tissues.  The body has a natural ability to heal itself and scientific research has allowed us to demonstrate the wound healing process. Through research and technology, we have learned that platelets release bioactive proteins responsible for attracting cells that are responsible for removing dead tissue, enhancing tissue regeneration and healing through stem cells.  Based on this concept, platelets are introduced into injured tissue to stimulate or jumpstart the healing process in chronic injuries. As a result, PRP provides an alternative to surgery by prom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Conditions Are Treated with PRP therapy?

The use of PRP has been used and documented in many fields including orthopedics, sports medicine, wound healing, cosmetics and many more. It has shown promising results in chronic non-healing tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, knee injuries, rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis, bursitis, and chronic ulcerative wounds. Improvement is generally seen within a few weeks following the procedure and is expected to continue as the damaged tissue heals. The procedure is relatively simple, virtually painless and is performed in the office using a sample of your own blood. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge and platelets are separated from the blood components. The concentrated platelet sample is then injected into and around the injured tissue.  Most patients are able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. Overall, PRP can help promote healing in musculoskeletal injuries and provide alternative treatment options to patients while avoiding more painful and costly surgical interventions.

 

 

 

Source:

Sampson, S., Gerhardt, M.,  Mandelbaum, B.2008. Platelet rich plasma injection grafts for musculoskeletal injuries: a review. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. Dec;1(3-4):165-74

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ABOUT AUTHOR

by Dr.Raul Lopez

Dr. Raul Lopez received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his Anesthesiology Residency and Pain Management Fellowship training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Lopez is Double Board Certified.

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