Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as PRP, is one of the more exciting treatments available to help speed up healing and reduce pain. While it’s been in use for around 20 years for some applications, like for bone grafts, it’s more recently been applied to help soft tissue injuries.
To help dispel some of the mystery around this treatment, we wanted to discuss some things you may not know about PRP.
Your own blood is used for the procedure.
It might make you nervous to hear Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy comes from blood, but rest assured that your own blood is the actual source. We obtain a sample of your blood during the procedure and use this sample to create the PRP used in the injection. So there’s no need to worry, PRP comes from a safe source – you!
You usually only miss one day of work.
Your Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy appointment will typically last around 90 minutes. Afterwards you will likely feel some soreness around the injection site. For most people, all they need is a single day off from work. It’s important, however, not to engage in strenuous physical activity for a couple weeks after the therapy.
It’s critical that PRP is precisely injected.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy must be injected directly into the treatment area. This helps to ensure that you gain the maximum benefits from your treatment. This can be difficult, however, especially when the treatment area is a joint. We take great care to make sure that PRP gets exactly where it’s needed by using imaging techniques during the procedure.
PRP has the ability to relieve pain and kick start your body’s healing process. For those living with pain, it can truly be a life-changing therapy. If you think PRP might help you, or if you have additional questions, we’d love to talk to you. Just give us a call at (417) 501-0008.