How Many PRP Procedures Do I Need Before I Start Noticing a Difference?

How Many PRP Procedures Do I Need Before I Start Noticing a Difference?

by Crystal (SU)

Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, can be a great therapy to consider for a nagging injury that you haven’t yet decided necessarily requires surgery. It may be able to treat mild arthritis, small tears in your tendons and even tears to your rotator cuff.

That said, you should keep in mind that PRP and other forms of regenerative therapy are still fairly experimental and results are not guaranteed. You might want an answer upfront on whether this treatment will work for you and how many procedures of PRP you might need to notice a difference in pain and mobility, but the fact of the matter is that all depends on how your body responds to this innovative therapy.

PRP is made up a concentrate of platelets from your own blood. What makes PRP so special and gives it the ability to heal your injuries and areas of pain are the platelets’ ability to clot and stimulate the area around the injection site to repair and heal itself.

PRP therapy involves taking some of your blood, separating and concentrating the platelets in it, the reinjecting it to an area of injury to trigger healing and regrowth, much like stem cell therapy does. Ultrasound technology helps your doctor guide the PRP into the exact place of the tear or offending injury.

It is important to note that PRP does not replace the need for surgery if your condition requires it. PRP does not heal complete ruptures or tears of ligaments, or major muscular tears that would otherwise require surgery. Also, while PRP is always a great option in conjunction with physical therapy, pain management shots, cortisone shots or surgery, none of the above will likely replace each other, as they work differently to treat an injury.

What to Expect After PRP Therapy

You will likely need to take it easy for a few days or weeks after receiving PRP therapy. You may be advised to refrain from taking pain medications, as these can thin your blood.

Experts expect recovery time to be a couple of weeks in which your pain is likely to improve if your body is responding to the treatment. You might not notice any changes to your mobility and flexibility for a few months. This is because healthy new cells need time to develop in the area of injury and replace the damaged cells there.

How many procedures – if any additional injections or procedures are indeed required – will be up to you to decide with your doctor and will likely depend on the success (or not) of the first procedure.  

Could you benefit from platelet-rich plasma injections? Contact Dr. Vic Kalman of the Morgan Kalman Clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, to learn whether you are a good candidate for PRP or another type of regenerative medicine therapy. Call us today at (302) 529-5500.