What is a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment? [Video]

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About the video: What is a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

Summit Orthopedics’ regenerative medicine specialists Kirk Scofield, M.D., and Steven Stulc, D.O. discuss Platelet-Rich-Plasma treatment, a regenerative therapy at the forefront of emerging orthopedic medicine.

Meet Kirk Scofield, M.D.

Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

Meet Steven Stulc, D.O.

Dr. Stulc’s approach: “My goal is to treat patients with a comprehensive approach to their spine related disorders, understanding that improving pain and function can have a tremendous impact on quality of life.”

Dr. Stulc’s education: Dr. Stulc studied at Southwestern Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN for his undergraduate degree, and he completed his medical degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. Following his residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Mayo Clinic, he completed advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine at Penn State University’s Department of Anesthesiology in Hershey, PA.

Expert care

Summit’s team of experts provide innovative regenerative medicine therapies for those looking for an alternative to traditional treatments. They can treat arthritic joint pain, sports injuries, neck and back conditions—creating an environment to trigger tissue repair and healing.

Start your journey to better function and less pain. Visit our regenerative medicine services hub and find your expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

Platelet-rich plasma, which is a process where we take your blood from a vein, we just draw blood from a vein, kind of like you’re giving blood, we draw maybe a half a unit of blood. And once we get that whole blood, we put that into a centrifuge. And that layers out the different blood products. And we’re taking that layer of platelets that have a host of growth factors and cytokines that try to help heal the tissue that we’ve put it into. And they also signal other cells in the body, like stem cells, also to come to that injured tissue and help heal things.

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