Q: I haven’t heard about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP before now. Is it a new thing?

A: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy was developed over twenty years ago. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, doctors at a naval hospital first used it stop bleeding in patients. It then became popular in conjunction with oral surgery and bone grafts as doctors noticed PRP helped patients heal faster.

In the past ten to fifteen years, PRP has become common in the fields of sports medicine and orthopedics — first with bone grafting procedures, then in treating tendons and soft tissue areas.

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