PRP therapy involves drawing platelet-rich-plasma from your arm and placing it in a centrifugal machine to concentrate its potency. Your body’s platelet-rich-plasma is loaded with numerous growth factors and nutrient-rich compounds that promote healing at a cellular level. When you’re injured, your body naturally releases these compounds, which is how we can recover from cuts, bruises, and other injuries.
However, in some cases, platelet-rich-plasma needs to be injected externally for it to work. For example, if you have knee osteoarthritis, the injured area cannot easily receive nutrients due to how the ligament is connected in your knee. In these situations, directly injecting platelet-rich-plasma into the injury can start a healing response that allows for much quicker recovery than normal.
Because an injection is made directly into the area of injury, there can be a certain level of pain associated with the treatment. The level of pain depends on the type of injury you have. The area may also feel bruised and uncomfortable for a few days after the treatment.
Furthermore, depending on your injury, multiple sessions with a PRP doctor may be required until relief is had.