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What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting patients to significant risk. The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body's natural ability to heal. PRP technology was initially developed 20 years ago to aide with wound healing and blood loss. Its benefits are now being applied towards the facilitation of healing tendons and cartilage. In fact, PRP has been widely used for years in Europe to treat various tendon injuries.

How does a PRP procedure work?

Using the patient's own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and then re-injected into the affected area. This is done under ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy. The platelets release substances known as "growth factors" that lead to tissue healing. For example, when you cut yourself, the body's natural response is to attract platelets that release growth factors and facilitate healing. Concentrating the platelets promotes the release of growth factors which work to improve the healing of tendons and cartilage. The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself and by re-injecting concentrated platelets we are facilitating the natural healing process.

A Patient's Guide to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Click Here A Patient's Guide to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

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