Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How PRP works for Tendonitis and Tendon Tears

Platelet Rich Plasma produced by AM at Total Tendon

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) continues its advance as a novel and increasingly valuable treatment for tendon related problems like chronic tendonitis (also medically known as tendinosis). It is important to realize that not all physicians and machines produce clinically valuable (meaning it helps improve your pain and function) PRP. Published peered reviewed data suggests that PRP should contain at least 5 times the number of whole blood platelets.

(See Dr. Mishra's study published in American Journal of Sports Medicine Nov. 2006 for details)

As PRP evolves, it is important to find physicians and surgeons who base their clinical decisions on the literature not on opinion. Also, they should use devices that produce PRP with the appropriate concentrations of platelets. Not all methods are the same.

PRP Website: ApexPRP.com

Platelet rich plasma has been found to work via three mechanisms:

1. Release of Growth Factors increase local cell division (producing more cells)

2. Inhibition of excess inflammation (decreased early macrophage proliferation)

3. Recruitment of circulating or bone marrow derived cells that help repair tissue.

This combination of mechanisms helps heal a tendon. Animal data confirm that PRP helps produce a biomechanically stronger tendon.

All of these statements are based on peer reviewed publications.


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