PRP therapy delivers a high concentration of platelets in the form of blood plasma to a lesion, helping the injury heal.
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The smallest of all blood cells, platelets are found in blood and are responsible for the clotting mechanism. Platelets are the first responders to any injury,
Essentially, PRP therapy delivers a high concentration of platelets in the form of blood plasma to a lesion, increasing the amount of growth factors at the site, to help the injury heal. The plasma is created by spinning whole blood down in a centrifuge, eliminating the red and white blood cells and leaving behind a high concentration of platelets.
The veterinarian injects the plasma directly into the lesion or to multiple areas immediately surrounding the lesion to aid in healing.
Some research has proven PRP therapy a useful addition to treating tendon injuries, suspensory desmitis, and experimental lesions to the superficial digital flexor tendon.