What Is PRP Therapy?
The term Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) was first created in the 1970’s to describe the portion of blood that had a high concentration of the platelets and platelet-rich growth factors. Researchers discovered that by spinning blood in a centrifuge, they could separate out the layers of blood plasma to extract just the platelet-rich portion of the blood plasma.
As a natural progression from prolotherapy, doctors discovered that injecting PRP into an injured joint worked in a similar fashion to prolotherapy, but also provided the joint with rich “raw materials” and growth factors that could be used to help the body repair the injured joint.
Since the 1980’s, nearly all orthopedic doctors have used PRP as part of their treatments to help injured athletes and weekend warriors recover from a wide variety of joint injuries.
Although it has been widely used throughout the country for over 40 years now, PRP Therapy is not an FDA approved therapy. As such, it is typically not covered under any insurance programs.