What is PRP?
Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is an enhanced form of prolotherapy. A certain amount of peripheral blood is obtained and processed, from which a layer of platelet rich plasma is separated out. This solution is then injected into the injured area. These platelets are especially concentrated with growth factors that stimulate the repair and healing process.
How Does it Work?
Multiple injections of a substance such as dextrose or platelet rich plasma (PRP) are placed into an injured area to stimulate your body’s regenerative healing cascade that encourages the growth of new, healthy collagen. It works to repair weak and painful joint areas. A local anesthetic is placed prior to the procedure.
Typically, a series of 3-6 treatments every 3-4 weeks can reduce pain and improve function. There is no set limit to the total amount of treatments that can be performed. The severity of the injury, age, nutrition, and proper rehabilitation can affect the amount of treatments.
Is it Covered by Insurance?
While prolotherapy has been used for decades and has steadily gained more attention, it is relatively new and insurance companies currently do not cover this therapy. Prolotherapy is practiced by physicians in the U.S. and worldwide. It has been endorsed by C. Everett Koop, MD, the former U.S. Surgeon General.