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What is PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)?

PRP is a portion of plasma within the blood that contains a high concentration of platelets.  

Platelets are cell fragments that circulate within the blood and bind together when they recognize damaged blood vessels.


How does PRP treatment work?

PRP injection enhances the body's innate ability to repair and regenerate by concentrating platelets containing a large volume of growth factors that play a critical role in tissue healing.  By introducing PRP and these growth factors to the affected area, healing time can be significantly shortened.  PRP utilizes the normal healing pathways, except the process is accelerated.  

PRP injections are used in orthopaedics and trauma.  These areas include: Osteoarthritis, Cartilage Repair, Ligament Injuries, Tendinopathy, Bone Grafting, Bone Defects, Intra-Articular Injections Fractures, Implants and Prosthesis, and Arthroplasty.  


The PRP Procedure

A small quantity of blood is drawn from your arm into a tube specially conditioned to obtain PRP.  After the tube is spun in a centrifuge, a portion of your blood (called plasma) is separated from the red blood cells by a gel and then carefully obtained with a syringe.  The separated plasma is rich in platelets and growth factors and is injected into the affected area.


The Benefits of PRP

  • Promotes Healing - tissue, growth and repair
  • Treatment is targeted
  • Uses the body's natural ability to heal itself
  • Low risk of allergic reactions or infections
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Low downtime - rapid results
  • Long-term benefits

PRP treatment at ORTHO PT is performed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon. 


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