Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative, all-natural regenerative treatment option for tendon and ligament injuries as well as joint pain. It is a safe nonsurgical approach that utilizes the proteins and growth factors contained within platelets and plasma from your own blood.

Steps of PRP Therapy

PRP: Collection of Blood

Collection of Blood

PRP: Separation of Platelets

Separation of Platelets

PRP: PRP Injection

PRP Injection

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments do not contain any drugs, steroids, narcotics or NSAIDs, are performed in the office and do not require surgery. Dr. Krasnick performs injections under ultrasound guidance, so he is highly accurate in injecting the treatment to the exact location needed. These treatments allow the body’s own natural healing powers to recover and restore to health.

If you are looking for a non-surgical, drug-free, natural, alternative pain treatment, then contact us at (734) 585-5653 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krasnick.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) FAQ

Why are platelets used in this treatment?

Everyone’s blood is composed of the same key 4 components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets are the essential component that PRP therapy relies on to potentially heal chronic injuries and relieve pain, while plasma contains anti-inflammatory proteins. Platelets are an incredible army of cells that circulate in your blood. They are primarily recognized for controlling bleeding. However, they also release over 1500 growth factors and proteins that have been documented to facilitate wound healing and tissue repair. Platelet-rich plasma therapy works by isolating and concentrating the platelets within your own blood and selectively injecting them into injured areas.

The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process resulting in new collagen formation.

How does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) work?

Platelets and plasma both contain factors that promote wound healing. Treatment of injuries with platelet rich plasma works by injecting the patient’s own platelets which have been concentrated to contain a greater amount of these healing factors in to the injured site. By promoting healing of the joints, ligaments or tendons of the surrounding injured area, stability, strengthening and pain reduction is achieved.

What can I expect from my Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are always done with ultrasound to guide the injections to the specific pathologic tissue or joint. Generally depending on the body region and extent of your injury, you may begin to feel the results of your PRP therapy within 4-12 weeks. Patients often require more than one treatment. Ordinarily, the symptom relief and healing process continues to improve for several months after your final treatment.

For this procedure you will have blood drawn in the office, typically 60 cc of blood, which is then spun down and your platelets collected. The platelets are then injected into the area causing your pain. The procedure typically takes one hour. There can be a small amount of discomfort that may require pain medication such as Tylenol for one to two days.

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