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May 25, 2009

The Magic of Platelets

Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) is commonly used to treat soft tissue injuries which include tendenopathy, tendonosis, acute and chronic muscle strain and ligamentous sprains.  PRP can also be utilized to treat intra-articular injuries such as articular cartilage defects, chronic synovitis and joint inflammation.

Hines Ward underwent PRP therapy prior the Superbowl.

PRP treated Superstar !

PRP treated Superstar !

There are five principle growth factors present in PRP:

  • TGF-β  Transforming Growth Factor
  • bFGF    Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor
  • PDGF   Platelet Derived Growth Factor
  • EGF      Epidermal Growth Factor
  • VEGF   Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor

Each factor will be examined in a separate blog.

The Centeno-Schultz Clinic has extensive experience utilizing PRP was well as other platelet derived therapies which include platelet lysate with a physiologic dose of steroid in the use of disc and leg pain.  Platelet growth factors are used to expand autologous stem cells at Regenexx.


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