2/14/2014 Kiana

What is platelet-rich plasma and what is it used for?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment used by doctors to treat injured tissue in a patient. The PRP process includes collecting a portion of the patient’s own blood, centrifuging it in order to separate the platelets, and injecting the platelets into the sight of injury. Precise location can be discovered by ultrasound. Platelets are crucial agents in the process of clotting and are found in red and white blood cells. Centrifugation concentrates the platelets into the liquid part of the blood, also known as the plasma. The platelet count in the plasma is increased two to twenty times more after the process, depending on the centrifuge used. The substance is injected into the sight of injury. The most common sights of injection include ligaments, tendons, and arthritic joints since, like bones, these areas don’t receive much blood. Studies show that PRP works best with tendon injuries. The side effects are also relatively minimal, including stiffness, soreness, and swelling from the injection.

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