Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
If you are having pain or swelling in your joint, tendon or ligament, your provider may suggest platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This therapy uses an injection of your own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Your blood is made of a liquid called plasma and several types of blood cells and platelets. Platelets are important for blood clotting and contain a lot of proteins. These proteins may help with tissue repair and rebuilding.
PRP is mainly used to treat athletes. At this time, PRP is considered an experimental treatment by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
PRP injection may help treat:
- Joint injuries
- Ligament, cartilage and tendon injuries
- Back and neck pain
Benefits may include:
- Decreased pain
- Increased function
- Short recovery time compared to surgery
- Cost effective
- Targeted and fast healing
- Quick results with long term benefits
- Improvement without joint replacement
Most insurance plans and networks consider this treatment experimental and do not cover it. You will need to check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage.
For additional information on PRP, see our handout (also located under "Education & Support").
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Stacy Majoras, DO
David Waterson, DO
Robert J. Baker, MD