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PRP for Tendon and Ligament Degeneration

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma with more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater than usual.

Many musculoskeletal injuries are mistaken

to be inflammatory in nature, and treatment directed at reducing inflammation repeatedly fails. Such injuries are often the result of repetitive damage to the tissues (typically ligaments or tendons), causing decreased blood-flow with degenerative changes in these areas.

PRP preparation involves drawing blood from the patient and then increasing platelet concentration through centrifugation. The increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood and then injected into the damaged tissue to facilitate new growth of damaged tissue. PRP injections may be aided by the use of an ultrasound guide to pinpoint accuracy and ensure that the solution is targeting the damaged tissue as well as avoiding other structures.

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