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PRP and A New Treatment for Chronic Problems by Mike Patterson, MD

Over the past 10-15 years many advances have been introduced into medical practices and orthopedics. The field of Orthopedic Sports Medicine also has seen a rapid increase in new operative procedures. In addition, the use of biologic materials and growth factors have introduced the possibility of treating injuries without surgery and allowing for quicker healing times which allows athletes to return to play sooner than had been possible in the past. One such treatment involves the use of plasma rich protein (PRP) for the treatment of chronic tendonitis problems as well as, acute tendon injuries. (Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, structures that attach muscle to bone.)