PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy is injection techniques that are used to promote repair and reduce inflammation naturally. The targets of PRP injections are typically joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
When a typical blood draw is spun down in a centrifuge at the right speed you get a layer of plasma (a normal component of whole blood) that is rich in platelets, hence PRP. When platelets are activated in the body they release healing proteins called growth factors. Injection of PRP can accelerate tissue and wound healing. PRP has been used for over twenty years safely and effectively in a variety of fields including dentistry, ophthalmology, orthopedics and many other surgical specialties.
Some insurances have paid some or all in the past. Unfortunately, health care is changing literally by the day. A prior authorization will be obtained but even then an insurance company can come back three years later and deny payments in which case the patient would be responsible for the cost incurred.