Plasma therapy gains more attention from injured patients

04/14/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, informally called blood spinning, is gaining popularity among injured athletes who need to quickly get back into shape. The treatment entails collecting an ounce of blood from the patient, processing the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and then injecting the platelets back into the patient's injured area. The treatment could benefit injured patients whose outcomes did not improve with standard therapy, a doctor said; however, research hasn't confirmed whether the treatment is substantially better than conventional therapies.

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