PRP Injections

What are PRP Injections?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are gaining popularity in the treatment of sports injuries. These injections use the patient’s own blood cells to accelerate healing in a specific area such as an injured knee or a tendon, shorten healing time for injuries, and decrease pain.

These injections are used for a variety of conditions including: tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint injuries; post-surgical healing; and osteoarthritis.

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What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma (the liquid portion of the blood) and platelets (a type of blood cell that helps heal the body). Platelets are known for their clotting abilities and they contain growth factors that trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing. 

Platelet-rich plasma is, simply put, blood that contains more platelets than normal.

How is this platelet-rich plasma created?

The clinicians will take the blood sample from the patient and place it into a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma.

Why does my doctor use ultrasound during the treatment?

Your doctor may use ultrasound to help guide the injection during your treatment.

What are PRP injections used to treat?

Tendon, Ligament, Muscle, and Joint Injuries

A range of musculoskeletal injuries can be treated with these PRP injections, including chronic tendon injuries (i.e. tennis elbow, jumper’s knee) which can often take a long time to heal. These injections can help stimulate the healing process, decrease pain, and enable the patient to return to activities sooner.

Post-Surgical Healing

These PRP injections can be used to heal muscles, tendons, and ligaments post-surgery, decreasing the long recovery times.


Studies have shown that these injections can help treat osteoarthritis pain and stiffness by modulating the joint environment and reducing inflammation.

What are the risks and side effects of these PRP injections?

An injection is a low-risk procedure and does not usually cause any major side effects. You may experience some soreness and bruising at the injection site.

Your Sport Medicine doctor will discuss the risks and side effects with you before your treatment.

How long does a PRP injection take?

The PRP procedure is scheduled as a 30-minute appointment. 

Can I come to the Clinic just for a PRP injection?

Patients seeking a PRP injection should schedule a sport medicine consultation to ensure they are a candidate for this treatment. 

Are PRP injections covered by OHIP or my insurance?

PRP injections are not covered by OHIP. Patients are often covered through their extended healthcare plans. This should be verified before booking your appointment.

Do I need a referral to get PRP injections at the Adelaide Health Clinic?

No, you do not need a referral to get PRP injections at the Adelaide Health Clinic.

Is the Adelaide Health Clinic accepting new patients for PRP injections?

Yes! Our sport medicine doctors are happy to welcome new patients. Please call our reception or click here to book an appointment.