Musculoskeletal Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Johns Hopkins Musculoskeletal Center offers Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections that use plasma enriched with concentrated platelets (vital blood proteins that promote cell function and immunity) to re-engage and boost the body’s healing process. PRP is a minimally invasive, non-surgical option that can alleviate pain, improve mobility and reduce inflammation resulting from injuries or chronic conditions.
To learn more about PRP and to see if it's right for you, talk with your physician.*
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections | Q&A
Want to know more about PRP? Our experts answer questions about what it is, the procedure, its benefits and the potential cost of the treatment.
What to Expect
- During the initial consultation, we will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and order any necessary imaging tests.
- During the procedure appointment, your blood is drawn, processed to separate platelets and readied for injection. Numbing medicine is applied sparingly to offset discomfort or pain from the injection. Your blood, enhanced with the concentrated platelets, is injected into the affected area, such as a painful joint. The appointment takes no longer than one hour and injection results are expected to take effect in 4-6 weeks.
- Unlike cortisone and other injectable medications, PRP is a natural substance derived from your body, limiting adverse reactions. As with any injection or needle procedure there is a risk of infection, bleeding and damage to local structures.
How much does PRP cost? Is it covered by insurance?
The cost per injection ranges between $750 - $850, depending on the injection site. One Injection may suffice, however some patients may need two or three. Some insurance companies will cover full or partial payment for this procedure. Please contact your insurance company directly to determine whether or not this procedure is covered.
Our PRP Specialists
Charter Professional Center
10700 Charter Dr., Suite 205
Columbia, MD 21044
10803 Falls Rd., Suite 2100
Lutherville, MD 21093
4924 Campbell Blvd., Suite 130
Nottingham, MD 21236
*Research for the use of PRP in musculoskeletal medicine is promising and rapidly growing, however it is considered investigational by the FDA and has not been approved by the FDA for use in musculoskeletal medicine.