Blood plasma in hands for PRP therapy

The Pros and Cons of Platelet Rich Plasma Injections in Calgary

One of the most divisive up-coming functional medicine options out there to relieve pain and inflammation is Platelet Rich Plasma, or better known as PRP.

The process involves platelets, which are blood cells that can help wounds to heal quicker, being extracted from a small sample of blood through a centrifuge (a device that spins at high speed separating the platelets from the blood). The platelets are then injected into the pain area of the patient’s body.

While the process sounds amazing, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the positives and negatives of PRP in Calgary.

The Pros Of Platelet Rich Plasma Injections in Calgary

It can help you with an array of medical conditions, including chronic tendon injuries, acute muscle and ligament injuries, arthritis, surgery recovery and bone fractures.  

— PRP is known for being “autologous”  – meaning it comes from the patient’s body – so it is a natural injection.

— Due to PRP using your blood and cells, it works faster to treat injuries and help your body recover from any inflammation.

— The Platelet Rich Plasma injections can take less than an hour. You will be in and out of your appointment in no time.

— The injection does not weaken your body as cortisone does; it strengthens them.

The Cons of Platelet Rich Plasma Injections in Calgary

The procedure itself can be quite expensive for many people, and there are no guarantees yet that insurance companies will cover the injections.

— Due to the minimal published research of the procedure (it is still new), there is some scepticism that there could be long-term side-effects that no one knows yet.

— There will be some pain in the injected areas for several days. There is a set recovery process when it comes to PRP injections.

These are the pros and cons that come with getting PRP injections in Calgary. If you would like more hands-on information on PRP or other non-invasive injections such as Prolotherapy in Calgary, speak to a specialist today.

Calgary Integrative Medicine provides long-term, sustainable health solutions. We aim for the root cause when treating symptoms and our methods are known to improve quality of life. From pain management to anti-aging and chronic illness treatment, at Calgary Integrative Medicine, we want to get you on the road to healing and recovery. Give us a call at (403) 202-7272 or send an email to

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