What are PRP injections?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are injections of the patients own platelets, one of the component that makes up your blood.

What conditions can PRP injections treat?

PRP is used to stimulate and accelerate the healing response for tendons, ligaments and muscles. The perfect situations to utilize PRP therapies is to help support wound healing and injuries. Individuals with professions that use repetitive body motions, carry heavy loads or are prone to repeat injuries and flare ups are ideal for this therapy. Athletes also fall into this category for the same reasons and of course Military personnel are great candidates.

What are the treatment benefits of PRP injections?

Accelerated healing for injuries acute and repetitive of joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

How are PRP injections administered?

Once positioned comfortably in a chair or on the treatment table, a normal blood draw from the arm is performed. The blood taken is then prepared in a way that separates the platelets from the rest of the blood cells (PRP). The platelets are then able to be injected without the rest of the blood components for treatment. After the PRP is prepared, the area to be injected will be cleaned and disinfected. A numbing medication will be injected with a small needle just below the skin. After the area is numb, the prepared PRP solution will be injected into the joint, connective tissue or muscle.

Are PRP injections covered by insurance?

Typically PRP injections are not covered by insurance. There are rare, limited conditions in which this injection therapy may be covered, so check with your provider for clarification if you feel you may be applicable.

What are the side effects of PRP injections?

Some common side effects at the injection include:
– Stiffness
– Swelling
– Bruising
– Tenderness

Less common side effects include:
– Allergic reaction
– lightheadedness
– Prolonged bleeding