PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma

What is PRP? PRP stands for Platelet- Rich Plasma. There are special growth factors contained inside platelets which are found in the plasma portion of blood. These growth factors directly stimulate healing of injured tissues. These platelets can be easily separated out from a patient’s blood and safely re-injected directly at the site of injury to promote healing.


What’s the PRP process? About 40-60 cc of blood is taken from the patient and spun down in a centrifuge machine located in Dr. Krasnick’s office. This separates out the plasma from the red cells in the blood. The plasma contains concentrated platelets. The platelet rich plasma is then injected into the injured area.


PRP has been used in surgical and dental procedures since the 1980’s and since the late 1990’s for the relief and healing of musculoskeletal injuries.


Since the patient’s own blood is being injected back into the body, there is no concern for rejection and is considered a safe procedure. The risks are the same as for any local injection.


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