What is PRP?
Your blood consists of solid cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which are suspended in a liquid called plasma. The platelets contain hundreds of “growth factors,” which are proteins that play a vital role in the body’s natural healing process.
Being able to separate these components is nothing short of revolutionary. Once separated, there is a distinct difference between the blood cells and platelets allowing for a high quality therapeutic modality. The future is here.
Our patients have a multitude of questions when beginning their regenerative medicine journey. We’ve taken our most frequent ones and answered them!
Advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma?
- It works
- All natural
- Minimally invasive
- Very Low Risk
- Quick Recovery – Little to no downtime from physical/social activities
- Patient Satisfaction
- Easy procedure
Are there contraindications to PRP?
Yes, patient should not have any active form of cancer and certain clotting disorders can disqualify you from care.
What is the recovery time from PRP?
The recovery time is very quick as it is an outpatient procedure. However for any PRP treatment the healing time varies between 4 to 6 weeks. In joint injuries, PRP injections into musculoskeletal issues usually take 6 weeks or more to heal. However, for cosmetic PRP treatments, like hair and skin rejuvenation, recovery time is relatively minimal and takes 2 to 4 weeks.
Your provider may recommend a few guidelines to follow post a PRP treatment, and they are as under:
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications for at least 4 weeks post-therapy
- Avoid taking blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins for 21 days post-therapy
- Avoid taking systemic steroids for at least 6 weeks post-therapy
- Do not apply ice or heat to the injection site for the first 72 hours post-procedure
- Avoid a hot bath or a sauna for the first few days following your procedure
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for 2 days post-procedure
- Avoid taking a bath for the first 24 hours post-procedure
- Avoid smoking
How much does it cost & is it covered by health insurance?
Cost depends on a patient’s specific problem, the number of joints/problems treated, and more. Insurance plans do not cover PRP at this time.
The cost of PRP treatments will typically fall in the price range of $600-$1800 per area depending on how many repeat treatments a patient may need.