PRP injections are prepared from a sample of your own blood that’s spun at very high speeds in a centrifuge. The activated platelets are then injected into affected area. A special live X-ray or ultrasound imaging may be used to help with the guidance of the injection. A local anesthetic may be used as well to make the procedure more comfortable for you.
After the anesthetic wears off, there may be alight uptick in your discomfort. This is typically temporary until the concentrated PRP mixture has a chance to work on tissues within the affected area. As your symptoms decrease, you may find it easier to fully participate in physical therapy sessions. If PRP treatment is effective for you, benefits may include:
- Less reliance on medication
- Increased flexibility and mobility
- An ability to return to your preferred level of athletic performance
- Improved overall quality of daily life
There are several small studies that suggest what’s sometimes referred to as PRP therapy can produce positive results for patients considered good candidates for this procedure. A PRP specialist can determine if your injury or source of discomfort is likely treatable with platelet-rich plasma injections. However, PRP isn’t meant to be a first attempt at treatment. But it is a process worth considering if other healing, recovery, or pain management efforts haven’t been effective.