Sunday, May 7, 2017

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

About Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are one of the Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments that helps to speed the repair of injuries, damaged or degenerated tissues. For those involved in athletics or sports, PRP can be particularly helpful in healing sprains and strains in an efficient as well as effective manner. This is why for many people involved in intense sports or athletics, PRP has become an important adjunct to recovery from the common tendon, ligament, muscle and joint problems associated with their sport.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is derived from your own blood plasma. Blood plasma is mainly composed of liquid but also contains red cells, white cells and platelets. Platelets are typically associated with the clotting-and thus healing function of your blood and body. Platelets contain literally hundreds of proteins called “growth factors” which are critical to healing injuries. PRP is your own plasma that has been processed so as to increase the concentration of “growth factors” by some 5-10 times greater than your plasma by itself. Processing your plasma is accomplished by drawing a small amount of blood and placing in a centrifuge so the platelets are available to be recombined with the blood we have drawn to make it “platelet rich.” Now, your own “platelet rich plasma” can be injected into the sprained, strained, damaged or degenerated area to promote more active healing of the tissue. Further, PRP injections can be combined with stem cell injections to really stimulate new tissue growth-all of which means we can heal as well as stimulate regeneration.

Fortunately, with regenerative orthopedic treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections we are often able to quickly and effectively treat sprains and strains and amplify stem cells to return mobility and strength to normal!

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To learn more about Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments including platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for sprains and strains, schedule a consultation with Daniel Southern, M.D. by calling 203-702-6629 or visiting, Google+,