How Many PRP Treatments Are Needed ?

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As aging takes a toll on our bodies, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid soft tissue injuries, arthritis, and spine conditions. Now, patients can find more natural ways to help without turning to traditional surgery. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one such treatment that produces safe and successful results.

Not surprisingly, platelet-rich plasma has become a hot topic for professional athletes and adults with active lifestyles. The popularity of PRP is likely to continue growing as more people find relief from chronic pain and discomfort. So, what is PRP therapy, and how many treatments are needed before platelet-rich plasma can provide results?

Do you have questions about PRP? Board-certified doctor of rehabilitation and physical medicine Dr. Christie Lehman can provide answers when you get an assessment at Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Allow us to reduce your chronic pain and increase your mobility in Asheville, NC.

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors taken from your own blood that can aid in inflammation, pain control, and tissue repair. Because PRP therapy is administered through  injections, patients experience faster recovery times, no general anesthesia, and no scarring. This procedure is known to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions, including acute sports injuries, arthritis, and degenerative disease.

Am I a candidate for PRP?

Dr. Lehman can help determine if platelet-rich plasma is a good choice for you. You will need to be in good health and have no history of cancer or blood-related diseases. While you can live a normal life and even work during PRP treatment, a brace or sling may be needed for several days. We also recommend not participating in strenuous exercise until you have been cleared by our office.

How many PRP treatments do I need?

Before beginning treatment in Asheville, NC, patients should understand that PRP does not offer immediate relief from chronic pain. It takes time for relief to take effect. It takes a few weeks or months, depending on the kind of injury involved and the severity of your condition. However, most people experience relief at around 2-3 months after an injection.  Occasionally, more injections may be performed if not enough relief is experienced by then.  We may recommend a custom treatment plan to provide you with the results you need.

What does PRP feel like?

Many people find PRP therapy to be very tolerable and far less painful than traditional surgery or other invasive measures. It’s similar to getting an injection at the doctor’s office. If you have anxiety when it comes to injections and needles, our team can help alleviate your concerns. Some patients report that they are tender and sore almost immediately after treatment, but this sensation doesn't last long.


So, how many PRP treatments are needed for problems like arthritis and other painful tissue? This question has been asked by patients for years. And while the answer depends on your individual condition, rest assured we work hard to make sure you see real results. Dr. Christie Lehman and the team at Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can work closely with you to get you back up and running as soon as possible. Call us in Asheville, NC to learn how we use platelet-rich plasma to help your body recover naturally.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.