Month: March 2008

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy to Encourage Natural Healing in Tendon Injuries?

After immersing myself in the study of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and the larger scope of “biologics,” I have been drawn to the concept of maximizing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. PRP does not create a new injury, to stimulate healing, but rather takes the body’s normal reaction to an area & places …

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Cigarette Smoking May Limit Platelet Activity in PRP

A study from Istanbul, Turkey looked at the effects of cigarette smoking on the viability of platelets. Platelets are very fragile and special care must be taken in preparing them for injection after increasing their concentration. However, research suggests that smokers may have increased free radicals that affect the oxidant/anti-oxidant balance, thus reducing platelet activity. …

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