Vail Daily column: Benefits of platelet rich plasma injections remain questionable

26th August, 2014 by

By caramie schnell

Question: I have been hearing a lot about athletes getting PRP injections. Do these work? Answer: Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used to treat dermatologic and maxillofacial conditions since the 1950s, but only recently has it been used to treat orthopedic conditions. PRP is a sample of ones own blood where the concentration of platelets is above baseline amounts. Platelets are cells found in our blood that work with coagulation factors to stop bleeding. When a sample of ones blood is placed in a test tube and centrifuged, the liquid and solid components of blood separate. The plasma and …

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