16 DEC 2022

Ortho Team Now Offering PRP Treatments

Ortho Team Now Offering PRP Treatments
Ortho Team Now Offering PRP Treatments

NorthBay Health Orthopedics now offers a new treatment for knee injury that has been popularized in recent years by many professional athletes, including Tiger Woods and Rafael Nidal, among others.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections offer promise in the treatment of sprains and tendon injuries and NorthBay orthopedic specialist Andrews Brooks, M.D., is now including it as an option for certain patients.

Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Platelets are well-known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.

To create platelet-rich plasma, a blood sample is taken from the patient and placed it into a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma, which is then injected into the target area, such as an injured knee or a tendon.

Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma may stimulate or speed up the healing process, shortening healing time for injuries and decreasing pain. The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after several weeks for joint injections 

Patients can call (707) 624-7900 for more information.


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