Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is helping many people to experience accelerated healing. PRP works based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself under the right conditions. This form of noninvasive, regenerative medicine amplifies the body’s own natural growth factors to speed up tissue healing. It is commonly used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries.

We’re very pleased to be able to offer PRP therapy for men and women under the direction of our medical experts at ThriveMD in Louisville, CO.

What Is PRP Therapy?

Responsible for helping your blood to clot, platelets are full of growth factors that are important for healing and regeneration. They help to deliver oxygen and collagen to tissue. We often use ultrasound imaging to help guide a PRP injection to the correct spot for a highly targeted response.

When you undergo platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, we’re injecting a concentration of your own platelets that have been separated from your plasma following a routine blood draw.

Prior to your PRP injection, the blood that was drawn is placed in a centrifuge to create a high concentration of protein-rich platelets that can be injected back into your body to stimulate healing. The benefit of using your own platelets is that there is essentially no risk for infection.

What Conditions Can PRP Injections Treat?

PRP injections are used to generate targeted healing responses throughout the musculoskeletal system. This treatment can be appropriate for both acute and chronic injuries. While treating a “fresh” injury can produce better results, many patients find that they are able to get pain relief and restored range of motion after using PRP injections on “old” injuries.

PRP is known to produce positive results for:

  • Muscle injuries.
  • Joint injuries.
  • Torn tendons.
  • Arthritis pain.
  • Tennis elbow.
  • Golfer’s elbow.
  • Frozen shoulder.

There’s even evidence to suggest that PRP injections can assist with post-surgical healing. PRP therapy is also commonly used for “cosmetic” purposes. The well-known “vampire facial” that uses PRP injections to spur cellular regeneration and collagen growth to fight aging is used by many celebrities. PRP injections are also sometimes used for everything from acne scars to hair loss in both men and women.

Frequently Asked Questions About Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Not typically. While you will feel the injection, most patients don’t experience serious pain or discomfort during treatments. Your pain level may vary based on the area of your body where the injection is taking place. Tools like numbing agents and ice can be offered to reduce discomfort.

This can vary by patient. Some people experience pain relief, increased range of motion and improved flexibility within the first week of treatment. It typically takes three to four weeks to see the “full” results. Improvements often continue until reaching a peak three months after the procedure.

This varies by plan. While PRP has traditionally be considered an experimental treatment, more insurance companies are adding PRP as a covered procedure based on its ability to reduce overall treatment costs.

The amount of blood drawn varies based on the injection site being treated. However, the standard ranges from between 10 milliliters to 80 milliliters.

There is evidence that PRP can be used to treat hair loss. Researchers describe the benefit of PRP for baldness as being based on the idea that PRP can “wake up” follicles. The research so far seems to suggest that PRP is most effective for treating hair loss when the hair loss is fresher.

Generally, PRP is considered to be a safe, well-tolerated treatment. The risks for infections, injuries or rejections are essentially nonexistent because we are injecting your own platelets back into your body.