FAQ's About Platelet Rich Plasma
The commitment of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a revolutionary and conservative approach to natural healing.
Blood is drawn from the arm into a medically approved container.
“How long does PRP take to work?” - Most patients notice some improvement as soon as 2 weeks, however it may take longer to notice significant improvement. Improvement is slow and may not even be noticed at first. Some clinical trials have reported continued improvement as long as 9 months after the procedure.
“How long has PRP been around?” PRP has been used in sports medicine for over 10 years.
“What are the risks?” The risks are minimal and no different from that of a cortisone injection. Some prolonged stiffness or pain has been reported although this should resolve over time.
“Are the results of PRP temporary?” It depends on the injury we are treating. PRP is utilized to assist in the healing process, thus targeting to achieve a longer term resolution. PRP results have shown to be longer lasting than steroids.
“Is PRP covered by my insurance?” Most insurance companies do not cover PRP at this time.