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Using Your Own Cells To Heal

So what is PRP? PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, and is a concentrated part of our blood that is rich in platelets and growth factors, and has no red or white blood cells. Platelets are normally part of our response to stop bleeding, but they also play a major role in development of new blood vessels and connective tissue. 

PRP also causes our bodies to release even more growth factors to promote healing, and can attract our own stem cells as well. All of these things stimulate tissue regeneration (hence the term Regenerative Medicine). 

Injection of PRP is safe, easy, and relatively non-invasive. This procedure is done in the office, with the first step simply collecting tubes of blood. The tubes are then placed in a centrifuge to separate the red and white blood cells from the plasma. The plasma with concentrated platelets is then isolated and is injected into the treatment area. The entire process usually takes about an hour. 

There is essentially no down time, and there is usually no need to miss work or school. Some patients will experience mild to moderate discomfort for 24-48 hours, while other patients can experience relief from pain almost immediately. 

PRP can be helpful in alleviating discomfort related to a variety of musculoskeletal issues, from tendonitis, fasciitis, ligament injury, small wounds/ulcers, small bone fractures, and joint issues (such as arthritis, sprains, strains, rotator cuff injuries).

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