PRP Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. 

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) relies on platelets (cell fragments found in blood) to improve tissue function. Other names for some of these products include platelet-rich growth factors (GFs), platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) and platelet concentrates (PCs).

What does (PRP) do?
  • Different types of PRP products are usually given as injections (shots) to heal and repair injuries. The job of platelets in the body is to help blood clot when there is an injury. The cytokines and growth factors that are in platelets can help repair injuries and encourage healing.

    Studies have indicated that PRP is or may be useful to treat:

    • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
    • Knee osteoarthritis (PRP is being combined with other options to lessen pain, improve function and possibly help repair cartilage. A certain type of PRP called leukocyte-poor PRP or LP-PRP has been suggested as the most useful for knee osteoarthritis.)
    • Sports injuries such as pulled muscles, joint sprains or ligament tears.
    • Wounds.
How does PRP injection work?
It is a nonsurgical and regenerative treatment option that helps to heal patients with chronic muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries. It works by stimulating platelet activation. This then allows the injured body part to heal since it is imitating the body’s natural response to an injury.
What to expect during the procedure?

Blood is removed from the arm using a needle into the vein. Then the blood is processed in a centrifuge, equipment that separates blood components into different parts according to their density. The platelets are separated into blood serum (plasma), while some of the white and red blood cells may be removed. Therefore, by spinning the blood, the equipment concentrates the platelets and produces what is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

How much blood do they draw for PRP?
Depending on the injury, 30-60ml (one to two ounces) is drawn with a simple blood draw. The blood is then processed in the lab to produce the PRP This takes about 30 minutes and then the platelets are collected in a syringe leaving 3-7cc (one to two teaspoons) to be placed at the site of injury.
What is the success rate of PRP injections?

After 24 weeks, nearly 84 percent of patients who received the PRP injections reported a 25 percent or greater reduction in pain, while 68.3 percent reported similar results.

How many PRP sessions are needed?
PRP therapy is a three-step process. Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4–6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are required every 4–6 months.
How long does a PRP last?
Platelet-rich plasma lasts anywhere from six and nine months, during which time it will continue to aid in healing the soft-tissue injury.
Is PRP FDA approved 2022?
Although the equipment used to produce PRP and the injections themselves have been cleared by the FDA, this procedure is considered investigational and has not been officially approved by the FDA for most uses. Since PRP is a substance derived from one’s own blood, it is not considered a drug.
What are the side effects (PRP)?

Injecting PRP involves using a person’s own platelets, which is why people receiving this treatment do not usually have any adverse reactions to the injections. However, they may experience irritation, pain, or bleeding at or around the injection site.

Most people can resume their normal activities almost immediately after having a PRP injection.

Is a PRP injection worth it?
Research shows that it speeds healing after injury or surgery for certain conditions, like torn tendons. In addition to helping injured tissue heal, some studies show PRP injections curb pain and boost mobility for people with injuries.
How much does PRP cost?

The cost of a single PRP treatment will typically be in the range of $700 – $1,500. People may also require repeat treatments.

Does insurance cover (PRP)?

No. Most insurers do not cover this type of therapy.