What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance that’s thought to promote healing when injected. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special “factors,” or proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth. Researchers have produced PRP by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it.
The idea is that injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Because the tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections, researchers think the body’s tissues may heal faster.
The treatment hasn’t been definitively proven.
What are the purposes of PRP injections?
Hair loss: Doctors have injected PRP into the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Tendon injuries: Tendons are tough, thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are usually slow to heal after injury.
Osteoarthritis: Doctors have injected PRP into the knees of people with osteoarthritis.
Acute injuries: Doctors have used PRP injections to treat acute sports injuries, such as pulled hamstring muscles or knee sprains.
Are the injections painfull?
Generally speaking PRP injections are not painful; however the discomfort level depends on the part of the body being treated. Injections into the joint are of minimal discomfort.
There is sometimes a small amount of pain after the procedure; however this does not last more than a few days.
What are the potential side effects of PRP?
Because PRP involves injecting a substance into the skin, there are potential side effects.
You should discuss these potential risks with your doctor, as well as the steps your doctor will take to minimize these risks.
What is the recovery time for PRP injections?
When PRP is injected following injury, your doctor may recommend that you rest the affected area. However, these recommendations are more related to the injury and less to the PRP injections. Most people can continue their daily activities following PRP injections.