Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Healing after an injury involves a well-orchestrated and complex series of events where proteins in the blood act as messengers to regulate the entire process. Many proteins involved in the healing process are derived from small cell fragments in the blood called platelets.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP injections are a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells.
How does the PRP process work?
Our health care providers will recover a small amount of blood from your arm using a small needle and a specially designed syringe. The blood then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire PRP production process is usually done in less than 20 minutes.
Am I a candidate for treatment?
Speak with one of KOPI's doctors and ask if PRP is right for you. They will perform an examination to make a determination if the PRP will benefit you. If you are on anti-inflammatory medications or blood thinners, your doctor may temporarily discontinue the use of these until your treatment has taken place.
What are the risks?
PRP uses your body's own natural properties to treat your injury. Side effects utilizing PRP systems are very uncommon.
Will insurance cover this procedure?
While PRP treatments have been around for many years, many insurance companies still consider this treatment experimental and deny coverage. You can contact your insurance company to confirm if they will cover this procedure. If your insurance will not cover the treatment, your doctor may discuss other option.