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What is PRP treatment?

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A platelet-rich plasma treatment is an injection that utilizes a concentration of platelets extracted from the patient's own blood that helps increase the body's healing process biologically. This treatment is increasingly being used to treat sports injuries, with patients that include NFL players and Tiger Woods.

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The PRP treatment begins with the extraction of a blood sample from the patient. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the blood into its basic components. From this sample, the platelet-rich plasma is extracted and treated prior to injection. The injection is typically injected into the injured area, which can range from bone to tendons and ligaments.

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