PRP FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. PRP Therapy is a medical treatment where a person's blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into an injured area of the body to promote healing. The plasma contains special proteins that support cell growth, which can accelerate the body's natural healing process.
PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of a patient's blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge. This process separates the platelet-rich plasma from other blood components. The isolated PRP is then ready for injection.

PRP therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Tendon injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rejuvenation

It's worth noting that the efficacy of PRP therapy can vary depending on the condition and individual patient factors.

The entire PRP process, from drawing blood to the injection, usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

The side effects of PRP therapy are generally mild. They can include:

  • Pain or discomfort at the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising

Since PRP uses the patient's own blood, there's a minimal risk of allergic reactions or transmission of diseases.

The number of treatments needed varies depending on the condition being treated and the patient's response. Some patients might benefit from a single treatment, while others may require multiple sessions. It's essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of action.
Some patients report improvement within a few weeks, while others might take months to notice a significant change. The healing process can be gradual, as PRP promotes the body's natural regenerative capabilities.
Yes, PRP therapy is generally considered safe since it uses the patient's own blood components. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks. It's essential to have the treatment performed by a trained and experienced healthcare provider.
Coverage for PRP therapy varies among insurance providers. It's often considered an experimental or alternative treatment, so many insurance companies do not cover it. Patients should consult with their insurance provider to understand coverage details.

Generally, patients are advised to:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for a week before the treatment
  • Inform the healthcare provider of any medications or supplements they are taking
  • Wear comfortable clothing

We hope this FAQ provides a good starting point for understanding PRP therapy. Always consult with a medical professional regarding any specific concerns or questions