Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is the rich plasma in your blood. Your blood is drawn and is placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge then separates the platelet rich blood from the red blood cells and from the poor platelet cells. Platelet rich plasma can help treat a number of injuries and health issues. Read on for further information about platelet rich plasma and how these injections can benefit you.

How Is This Treatment Performed?

The plasma is usually drawn at an outpatient facility, or could be done in an office. It's as simple as having blood drawn. The initial blood draw is not painful, but the injections of the plasma could be a little irritating. This is especially true depending on where the injections are being administered. Your physician administering the injections should anesthetize the area.

Are There Any Risks Or Concerns?

This is considered a surgical treatment, so there are always risks. Needles and blood are involved, so this means there are risks of infection, bleeding, or a possibility of damaged nerves. There are concerns with treatment after the procedure, as you'll need to care for your treated area properly. Be sure to follow your physician's instructions, only taking medication that your physician prescribes for pain or to reduce inflammation. Don't attempt to self-medicate, or you could cause injury to yourself.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?

You may only need one treatment, or you could need up to three treatments.The treatments may be spread out over several weeks. The amount of treatments you need is going to depend on what you are trying to have treated. Your physician will determine how many treatments you will need.

How Can Platelet Rich Plasma Benefit You?

Platelet rich plasma can improve injuries and health issues. It can be beneficial as it is a natural way of healing you as you're using your own blood—you already have what you need in your body. This means less use of medication, which can also mean lower medical costs and lower medical insurance rates. 

What Can Platelet Rich Plasma Treat?

Platelet rich plasma can treat a number of injuries including plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, muscle tears or sprains. It can also be used to treat reproductive disorders, and can also be used to heal skin lesions. PRP can also be beneficial in a number of other ways including dental issues or hair loss. 

Talk to your physician about using platelet rich plasma injection therapy services and how you may be able to use these injections to benefit you.