Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy— a form of treatment that draws upon your body’s natural healing ability— has been used by medical professionals across various disciplines for its effectiveness in addressing a wide range of conditions.
Even with its benefits, however, PRP therapy continues to get shrouded in misconceptions, as there are many people who still do not understand how it works or are skeptical about its safety and efficacy. Below are some myths about PRP therapy along with the hard facts to dispel them.
Myth #1 It Is a Risky Kind of Treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a safe treatment when performed by a qualified medical provider. Because your own blood is used, there is little to no risk of allergic reaction. There are also strict protocols in place to make sure the sample of blood that’s taken from the patient is the same sample they receive via injection.
Myth #2 It Is Painful.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is generally a well-tolerated procedure. When your regenerative medicine physician takes a sample of your blood, you will only feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted into your arm. When your blood gets reinjected into the target area, it can cause mild discomfort, especially since it will launch an inflammatory response, which is an essential part of your body’s healing process. You will notice slight pain, swelling, and bruising after the procedure, but these should dissipate within a few days.
Myth #3 It Is a “Bloody” Procedure.
PRP therapy involves your regenerative medicine specialist extracting only a small sample of your blood. Once your blood sample is extracted, it is put into a device called a centrifuge, which separates out the platelets from the other components of the blood. The platelets are then concentrated within the plasma, or liquid portion of the blood to create the sample needed for injection.
Myth #4 It’s Not Effective.
Just because you don’t see its results right away doesn’t mean PRP therapy is not effective. It can take some time before you start to see the wonders that PRP treatment does for your specific concern. For joint pain, you can expect to see significant symptom relief after a few weeks. For scalp or face injections, it can take a few weeks to a few months for you to notice improvements. You may need three sessions at four- to six-week intervals to see your desired outcome.
Myth #5 It Entails a Lengthy Recovery.
After platelet-rich plasma treatment, there’s typically very little downtime. You’ll be able to drive home after the procedure and go about your day.
If you’ve received a joint injection, your doctor may advise you not to do any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for a few days. After a face or scalp injection, the area may be a little red or swollen. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy at NIVA Health
Here at NIVA Health, our regenerative medicine specialists offer platelet-rich plasma therapy at all our office locations. We can talk to you about whether this type of treatment is right for you and answer any questions you may have.