Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is PRP therapy?

PRP therapy is a non-surgical approach to heal and rebuild damaged tissue. This advanced regenerative therapy is effective in treating osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases. PRP therapy is clinically proven to reduce pain and improve function.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, a substance found in your blood. Platelets are cell fragments that contain specialized proteins called growth factors, Your body uses these growth factors to heal.

What is the procedure like?

First, we will draw your blood and place it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge will spin the blood down into three components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and PRP. the PRP has a high concentration of growth factors that we inject into the affected area. The appointment takes about 30 minutes.

How long before I feel the results?

You may experience a subtle difference within 10 days of the injection. However, it is expected to experience the majority of the pain relief within six weeks after the injection–and continued improvement over the next eight months.

What are the potential risks?

Because PRP is part of your own blood, there is no chance of having an allergic or immune reaction. The main risks include local infection (less than 1% chance), and pain at the injection site. These are the same risks associated with any blood draw, injection, or other invasive procedures.

Will my insurance cover it? 

PRP therapy is FDA recognized, but because this practice has not yet been standardized, it is not yet officially approved. Becuase of this PRP is not routinely covered by insurance.

“The PRP injections I’ve been getting have given me part of my life back that I thought was gone forever. Thank you, Dr. Riggs!”

-Lona M, active patient, age 61