Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): What It Is and How It Works
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from your own blood or bone marrow. Platelets are obtained by spinning your whole blood in a special centrifuge. Platelets are what naturally begin the healing process in your body anytime an injury occurs. The platelets release proteins that attract your body's stem cells to the injured area. The concentration of platelets in PRP allows your body to recognize the injury as a priority and heals it more quickly and more thoroughly than your body can by itself.
What is the process?
We will draw a small amount of blood from your arm and then spin the blood in a special centrifuge that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. After the spinning is complete we will then inject the platelets at the source of the injury. The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Risks are very low because this is your own platelets being injected back into your body. Side effects are very uncommon.
Am I a candidate for PRP?
We will do a thorough evaluation to determine if this treatment is right for you. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications or blood thinners, you may have to discontinue them until after your treatment.
Will my insurance cover this?
At this point in time insurance companies are still considering this to be an experimental treatment. If your insurance does not cover the treatment, we will discuss other options with you.