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Could Prp Help Your Orthopedic Injury?

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is not a new technology, but is much talked about currently. Plasma is a component of the blood that assists with clotting to promote growth of new, healthy cells. The theory of PRP is to merge this technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

PRP has a number of applications; some are:

What Might Patients Expect during a PRP procedure?

This simple treatment is performed in clinic on an outpatient basis and takes less than one hour from start to finish. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and put into a centrifuge machine. This centrifuge rapidly spins to separate the blood into layers of PRP and red blood cells. The PRP layer is then injected into the affected injury under a local anesthetic or topical numbing agent on the skin. Often times Ultrasound Imaging is used to target the specific treatment area.

Are There Any Side Effects?

While PRP has been used successfully for many years, it is still considered in the experimental stages. Since the patient’s own blood is used, PRP is a safe procedure. Minor side effects of the treatment might include discomfort or swelling at the injection site. This is alleviated with ice and elevation. Physical Therapy may also be recommended to optimize the effects of PRP.

If you would like more information about PRP or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 941.951.2663. You may also find information on our website here. The experienced physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates have been treating patients in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties since 1978 and offer same/next day appointments in three locations.

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