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 Brennan Boettcher, M.D. 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 Brennan Boettcher, D.O.

Dr. Boettcher’s approach to care: “My goal is simple; getting you back to the activities you love. At Summit, we help you achieve your healthiest version of yourself by rehabilitating injuries, utilizing cutting-edge treatments such as minimally-invasive ultrasound guided procedures and regenerative medicine, and reserving surgery as a last resort.”

Dr. Boettcher’s education: Dr. Boettcher completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He attended medical school and received his degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. His residency was in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

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 unit of blood, and then we concentrate it and inject that into a tendon or ligament, what’s called PRP. And what it is is it’s concentrated platelets and serum proteins. Anytime your body has an injury, naturally platelets go to that site. And people think about platelets as stopping the bleeding, but what they do after they clot and stop the bleeding is they release a bunch of growth factors in the area. And those growth factors recruit all the different cells in your body that help heal damaged tissue and lay down new tissue. And so we’re trying to harness that ability and really focus it into an area that’s had a failed healing response. In tendons, when people have tendinitis or tendinopathy, it’s generally a disorganized healing response to an injury or an overload. And the body has a difficult time healing that sometimes. And so we’re trying to restart that process by using PRP in that area to try and recruit the cells your body needs to make that tissue more normal, and help you have less pain and function better.

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