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Dayton recovering after hip procedure

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Gov. Mark Dayton is recovering after he had a non-surgical procedure Wednesday morning at the Mayo Clinic intended to relieve hip pain he's had since a muscle-tear injury last summer. The treatment, called a platelet rich plasma injection, went well, a spokesman said, Associated Press reports.

The 66-year-old DFL governor planned to return to St. Paul Wednesday afternoon, the AP reported. He plans to take meetings and work at the governor's mansion for the next two weeks as he recuperates.

Dayton said his hip injury will not affect his re-election campaign.

Dayton talked more to FOX 9 about the procedure and his injury. "I took the last two steps two at a time, and I pivoted and felt this pop – the kind of pop I used to get in hockey if I had a bad sprain," Dayton told FOX.

Mayo explains a bit about the procedure: "Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that transports red and white blood cells and platelets through the blood vessels. It's derived from the patient's own blood, a process that involves spinning a blood sample at high speeds. One byproduct is plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets — thus the name platelet-rich plasma."

When it goes well, the procedure attracts healing cells to deteriorated tissues, and stimulates new cell growth, Mayo says. Roughly 70 percent of those receiving PRP therapy showed improvement, Mayo says.

The National Institutes of Health reported earlier this year that the PRP procedure is used to treat acute and chronic tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries in more than 86,000 U.S. athletes each year.

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