Risks and Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections


What are platelet-rich plasma injections?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are composed of plasma and platelets. PRP is produced by spinning blood in a centrifuge until it separates. It may then be given as an injection to treat certain injuries and promote healing in the body.


PRP injections may be beneficial for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. They also stimulate the healing process. Potential benefits of PRP injections include the following:

  • Increased rate of healing from chronic tendon injuries and wounds, including post-surgical
  • Hair loss prevention
  • Promotion of hair growth
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased mobility
  • Low risk and generally safe
  • Can be used with other procedures
  • Low risk of allergic reaction due to being made of the patient’s own tissue


As with any procedure, certain risks are involved. Potential risks associated with PRP injections include the following:

  • Soreness
  • Bruising
  • Light-headedness
  • Bleeding
  • Tissue damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Varying success due to individualized preparation
  • May not be covered by insurance