Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates the body’s natural healing forces, enabling most patients to avoid invasive procedures such as surgery and providing you with an alternative to aggressive long-term medication such as anti-inflammatories, steroid injections, and epidurals.
The PRP injection is very safe. At most, you may experience very mild pain, stiffness, or swelling. While any medical procedure carries a small risk of infection, since you’re using your own blood this risk is minimal.
PRP has been used for over 20 years in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting, accelerate wound healing and reduce the risk of infection after surgery.
Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for joint pain, soft tissue injuries, low back disc degeneration, and arthritis, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is often used for athletes. More than 86,000 athletes receive the therapy each year according to researchers at Stanford.
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Usually 3-5 injections are given, spread out over the course of treatment.
Some pain may be experienced for a week or two after treatment, in the location where the platelets were received. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.
Research studies and clinical practice have shown Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI studies have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the benefits of this healing process.
The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
Platelet rich plasma therapy brings healing to numerous orthopedic conditions, including arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and torn cartilage. PRP therapy is especially effective for conditions that have advanced degeneration, cartilage damage, and joints that are reluctant to heal, such as osteoarthritic hips, knees and shoulders.