TAMPA, Fla. — Dr. Lee Ann Brown, of SpinePain & Orthopedic Injury Center released an educational guide regarding Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and its application in the field of Sports Medicine and its growing use in mainstream medicine. Dr. Brown explained that professional athletes use the therapy to return to the field of play after injuries to the soft tissue. Its application, and their faster return to the field, has caused a surge in mainstream knowledge about PRP as well as a mainstream desire to utilize the treatment.

Dr. Lee Ann Brown explained that Platelet Rich Plasma is actually a fantastic option for people who have tried the gamut of ripoff or outright scam treatments.

Dr. Lee Ann Brown explained that the big question is always “What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?”

Brown explained PRP is a blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Most of us think about platelets when we are trying to stop bleeding. In addition to containing the products to stop the bleeding, platelets also contain Growth Factors and Cytokines that play a major role in initiating and supporting healing of connective tissues like tendons; ligaments and cartilage. These Growth factors can increase blood supply to injured tissues and enhance the migration of stem cells to the site of injury thereby promoting tissue regeneration.

Dr. Lee Ann Brown explained that Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is:

PRP Therapy consists of concentration platelets by as much as eight times the baseline level. This is done by a simple blood draw. This blood is then put in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. Once the Platelet Rich Plasma is obtained, it can be activated either inside or outside the body. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Because this is the patient’s own blood, there is no concern about disease or rejection. The risk to the patient is ultimately no greater than any injection made into an organ.

Dr. Lee Ann Brown explained that PRP can be used to treat the following conditions:

PRP Therapy has fantastic potential for treating musculoskeletal disorders like tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. It can also be the only answer for some people in the early stages of degenerative arthritis.

Dr. Lee Ann Brown suggested that the following conditions make people prime candidates for PRP treatment:

If you have a tendon or ligament injury that is not healing with traditional treatment, or you are in the early stages of Osteoarthritis, PRP Therapy may be your solution.

SpinePain & Orthopedic Injury Center is a private medical practice that treats patients with spinal and orthopedic conditions or injuries. SpinePain has offices on both sides of Tampa Bay. The Pinellas County office is located at 28050 US HWY 19 Suite 100; Clearwater, FL 33761 and the Hillsborough County office is located at 4700 N Habana Avenue Suite 505; Tampa, FL 33614. SpinePain & Orthopedic Injury Center can be found online at