What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment uses an injection of a patient’s own concentrated platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. Platelets are small, colorless cell fragments that circulate throughout the bloodstream.
When an injury occurs, your body’s platelets rush to the damaged area where they release proteins called growth factors, which stimulates tissue repair. PRP has shown to significantly enhance your body’s own healing process by reducing pain and limiting the need for anti-inflammatories or other pain medications.
How Does PRP Work?
Your healthcare provider will withdraw a small amount of blood from your arm before placing the sample in a centrifuge. The sample is then spun at a high-speed where it separates the plasma from the other blood components. The plasma concentrate then is injected in the injury site. The whole process takes around 30 minutes to complete, and recovery time is minimal.
Am I A Candidate For PRP?
Speak with your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medication or blood thinners, you may be required to stop the medication until after you have received the treatment.
Because PRP uses your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury, side effects are very uncommon. Please talk with your doctor to discuss all risks and benefits associated with this treatment option.
Does Insurance Cover PRP?
At this time, PRP is not covered by insurance. Please speak with your doctor regarding your out-of-pocket costs.