Dr. Nick Monson provides a quick explanation of how PRP works and whether it might be right for you if you suffer from chronic tendon pain. ">

May 18, 2017 — Patients with chronic tendon injuries now have more options for treatment, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP,) and stem cell therapy. On this Health Minute, sports medicine specialist Dr. Nick Monson provides a quick explanation of how PRP works and whether it might be right for you if you suffer from chronic tendon pain.

Interview

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Interviewer: A new way to treat chronic tendon injuries. The physical therapy and the stretching and the icing isn't helping. Dr. Nick Monson says patients now have other treatment options that are showing some promise.

Dr. Monson: Yes. One option is something called PRP, platelet rich plasma. There's also another treatment option which is in the same family which is called stem cell therapy. These are both areas of a lot of excitement. The research on them is still forthcoming.

Often it involves a blood draw. We take the blood off of a patient. We spin that blood down. We take the healing components of that blood and actually reinject that into the tendon. But often what it seems to do is cause an inflammatory reaction in the area, which kind of stimulates the healing in the area and has provided a lot of relief for our patients.

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