Learn More About PRP:
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and how does it work?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a part of your blood that contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are used by the body to cause clotting and spur healing, and they contain a significant amount of growth factors that activate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. PRP can promote the development of new blood vessels, which can stimulate the healing process in tendons, ligaments, bones, injured skin, and muscles.
PRP works by piggybacking on the body’s natural healing process. When you accidentally cut yourself, platelets are delivered to the the injury to clot the injury and activate the healing process that results in the formation of new skin.
What doctors do with PRP is move platelets from being dispersed in the bloodstream to being concentrated in a particular injured area. Once there, the platelets activate the healing process and signal to the body that it is time to start the healing cascade.
How is PRP obtained?
First, the doctor draws blood from the patient and centrifuges to separate blood into its four component parts: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The doctor then takes the platelet-rich plasma and injects into the damaged area, starting the healing process.
What can PRP be used for?
PRP can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, with studies ongoing to further test and document its significant healing potential. Thus far, studies are showing that PRP shows great promise to heal patients with minimal side effects.
What are the potential benefits of PRP?
Patients who experience successful PRP treatments may find that their symptoms lessen or go away entirely. They may also see improved function. Some patients experience this within the first few days, but for others, it may take up to 12 weeks to see significant results. Treating symptoms in this way can reduce the need for aggressive treatments like long-term medication and surgery.
How many treatments are necessary and how often is this therapy administered?
The response to treatment varies from patient to patient, and it also varies based on the particular issue being treated and how severe it is. Many patients need 1-3 injections for best results. Generally, these injections are spaced several weeks apart to monitor the patient’s response.
Risks and side effects do not change based on the number of injections a patient has, so there is no limit to the amount of injections a patient can receive.
Is PRP right for me?
Patients who have tried traditional pain treatment but not found relief can be good candidates for PRP. It’s important to remember that the procedure is less aggressive and generally less expensive than surgery, and it can help tissues heal with minimal or no scarring.
We would be happy to meet with you for an initial consultation to go over your medical history and determine if PRP is a good option for you.
Is this covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, PRP is not covered by most insurance plans.
Many patients are concerned about the cost of PRP injections, especially since insurance plans frequently do not cover the procedure. However, cost is not the same as value. If you opt for PRP injections, you will have no expensive prescriptions to constantly refill. You will not have to submit to invasive (and expensive) surgery. (Plus, the cost of PRP is typically less than surgery.) PRP may be able to help you live without your pain. It’s a safe, non-surgical treatment that has drastically improved quality of life for many patients. Thinking of it in this way, you might see PRP not as an expensive medical procedure, but as a wise investment in your future and quality of life.
PRP Injections are provided in our office by Dr. Anderson and Dr. Moon
Dr. Brian D Anderson
Dr. Marisol Moon