Lidocaine or a similar anesthetic is injected into the area to be treated to improve comfort as the procedure is performed at a PRP clinic. The PRP will then be injected where it’s needed in the affected area. The platelets will become active and eventually break down and release the beneficial growth factors. This infusion of growth factors will trigger your body’s natural cell growth and regeneration process. This is ultimately what helps tissues heal. The PRP also facilitates the growth of new, healthy tissue.
You may be advised to avoid washing the treated area for 48 hours to give the injection site time to heal. It normally takes several weeks to notice the full effects of the PRP. On average, patients typically experience noticeable improvements and results within a month or so after treatment.
Follow-up recommendations will depend on your reason for treatment. If you are receiving PRP therapy to help heal a knee injury, for instance, you may be advised to resume your physical therapy exercises as your discomfort becomes less of a distraction.
Treatment provided at a PRP clinic is generally considered safe because your own blood is used. Also, precautions are taken to ensure patients are suitable candidates for this healing and recovery method. There may be slight discomfort around the injection site. However, this is usually manageable with the use an ice pack or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.