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Can platelet-rich plasma injections heal your joints?

March 1, 2022

Research is mixed, but new evidence shows the treatment might fall short for some conditions.

medical professional giving a woman an injection in her knee

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are promoted as a way to reduce pain and speed healing for a number of common problems that affect the tendons, muscles, and joints, ranging from arthritis to shoulder pain.

The treatment harvests platelets (tiny blood components that promote clotting and healing) from your own blood. They are then injected back into the injured area along with blood plasma (the liquid part of your blood), with the idea that they will supercharge your body’s natural healing process.

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