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BOARDMAN, Ohio - A procedure used by many big-name athletes is being offered to patients here in the Valley to help them get back on their feet.

Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant are just a couple of the professional athletes who've used platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP.

It's something anyone can try, which is why Hermitage resident Kevin Tharp paid a visit to the Doctors Pain Clinic in Boardman on Friday. He's already had surgery on his left knee and is trying to avoid surgery on his right knee.

"I don't really want to go that route again on my right knee. So I would like to try an alternative route to see if there is a different way to go about it," Tharp said.

Tharp met Dr. Kate Paylo, a physician at the Doctors Pain Clinic in Boardman. The practice is now offering platelet rich plasma therapy for patients with joint pain, acute and chronic muscle and ligament strains and degenerative disorders.

"The good thing about platelet rich plasma is it's the patient's own blood. There is not anything that doesn't belong to the patient's own body that is going back in. It is really just the nutrients, the super foods from those platelets that stimulate growth and get the patient healed," Dr. Paylo said.

Patients who undergo PRP injections can be in and out of the office in within a half hour. Physicians, like Dr. Paylo, draw a small amount of blood from a patient, much like a blood draw for a lab test. The blood then is placed in a centrifuge which separates and concentrates the platelets and other growth factors from the blood. Then, the platelets are injected to the area of the injury.

"The injections should essentially heal the area that is injured. The healing actually goes on for months to even sometimes years after the injection itself because it really stimulates the growth," Dr. Paylo said.

Dr. Paylo says depending on the injury it can take up to three injections before it is healed. Some patients are just fine after one injection.

PRP therapy is also offered at the Doctors Pain Clinic in Hermitage.

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