PRP: Orthobiologics

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PRP is an emerging treatment in a new health sector known as “orthobiologics.” The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. PRP has the potential to revolutionize not just sports medicine but all of orthopaedics. The PRP method centers on injecting portions of a patient’s blood directly into the injured area, which catalyzes the body’s instincts to repair muscle, bone and other tissue. Most enticing is that the technique appears to help regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, which could shorten rehabilitation time and possibly obviate surgery. When a tissue injury occurs, platelets collect at the site and begin the clotting cycle. More importantly, these activated platelets release numerous growth factors that are directly responsible for tissue…show more content…
Therefore, by increasing the concentration of these platelets, we can deliver a powerful mixture of growth factors directly to the injured tissue and dramatically enhance the body’s natural healing process. This treatment may lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.
Treatment Process:
PRP is obtained by drawing a sample of blood from the patient and placing it into a centrifuge that separates the red blood cells from the platelets. This technology yields a high concentration of platelets and white blood cells that is 5-7 times normal. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is used to properly identify the area of injury. A local anesthetic is applied to the area followed by PRP injections with ultrasound guidance to ensure that the appropriate target is
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