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PRP

What Is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a relatively new modality of treatment for the management of many orthopedic conditions, including arthritis or sports injuries. Blood comprises major components such as red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), plasma, and platelets.

Platelets are small, disc-shaped blood cells that contain clotting and growth factors which are released during the healing process. On activation, the platelets accelerate the healing process by releasing granules that contain the growth factors.

PRP is a concentrated solution of platelets from your own blood. A normal blood sample comprises only 6 percent platelets, whereas platelet-rich plasma contains a much higher concentration of platelets – between 5 and 7 times the normal level. The PRP solution also contains healing factors, such as white blood cells and bioactive proteins (including growth factors and stem cell markers).

Platelets, once considered responsible only for clotting, have been scientifically proven to be a reservoir of these key healing components. We can now utilize these healing cells to treat injury and pain in an outpatient setting.

In the treatment of joint or muscle injuries, PRP injections have a reported success rate of about 70 to 80 percent. It may take about four to six weeks before healing is complete after treatment.

For more information please contact our Patient Coordinator, Kraig Lawrence at (954) 451-3000 or make an appointment today at Orthopedix MD.

 

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