Bone and soft tissue injuries heal in stages. The way to promote long lasting healing is to focus recovery efforts most aggressively on the early stages of the healing process. After gaining some serious media attention from NFL players and other elite athletes, platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) has become an increasingly popular strategy for giving a biology a boost. The orthopedic specialists at AOSMI have certainly jumped on board.
What is it?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is generated from a person’s own blood and is a concentration of platelets. What are platelets? At the most basic level, platelets circulate through the blood stream and, along with liquid plasma, are essential for blood clotting, cell recruitment and cell multiplication. PRP is delivered to patients through via injection with ultrasound technology assisting the procedure and providing guidance for the precise placement of the PRP. Once PRP injections have been given, the patient is warned to avoid exercise for a short period of time before starting physical therapy.
How does it work?
AOSMI’s New Jersey orthopedic surgeons will obtain a blood sample from the patient. The sample will be put through a centrifuge to separate the blood into its different components. The platelets will be harvested and injected back into the patients injured area. As mentioned, specialists will use an ultrasound to help find the precise location to inject the PRP. Studies have shown that PRP can help improve soft tissue and bone healing, along with muscle regeneration. Generally, PRP injections are most commonly used for acute and chronic tendon, ligament and muscle problems.
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