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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelets are pieces of blood cells that play a large role in blood clotting. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then prepared by separating and concentrating the platelets from other blood cells, thereby creating a platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into an injured area of the body, such as the Achilles tendon. The PRP contains concentrated growth factors released by the platelets that have been shown to promote tissue healing.
What happens after the injection?
Depending on the area that is injected, immobilization may be necessary for a couple of weeks followed by continuing physical therapy. It may take several months before the maximum benefit of the PRP is seen.
Why isn’t PRP covered by insurance?
PRP is only indicated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the operating room with bone grafting procedures. Although research does support other uses, they are considered “off label” and therefore not covered by insurance companies.
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