PRP Injection Recovery Time

Author: Howard J. Luks, MD- Posted in: PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma, Sports Medicine 12 Comments

PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma 

 PRP Most Common Questions:

  • will prp help my condition??
  • what does the procedure involve?
  • how long is recovery from a prp injection?
This post will focus briefly on the typical recovery times we see in our office, and those quoted  in the scientific literature.

PRP injection (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is a growing treatment option for orthopaedic injuries and conditions. These injections are an in-office procedure.  The entire procedure from start to finish generally takes 30 minutes or so.

Will PRP work for my injury?

PRP therapy is used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip. The primary use  (at present) is for many overuse sports injuries including:

In PRP therapy, a patient’s blood is drawn, separated and re-injected into injured joints and muscles to ease pain. After the injection, your platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue healing and repair.

 PRP recovery time: What can I expect after an injection?

Patients may experience approximately two to three days of being sore and usually are prescribed pain medication. Patients need to rest for a few days or weeks after the treatment to not push the injected tissue too quickly. Typically, pain relief starts to occur within three to four weeks and continues to improve over a period of three to six months following an injection.  The recovery time frame varies depending on what we are treating.  Sometimes arthritic joints respond much faster to these injections than a patient being treated for tendonitis.

Why PRP and not Cortisone?

PRP InjectionIf successful, PRP generally results in long-lasting relief because the degenerative tissue has started to regenerate or regrow itself. The bioactive proteins stimulate healing and repair. New research shows PRP to be more effective than cortisone injections –which simply mask inflammation and have no healing capabilities.

Cortisone has no healing properties, does not work long term and on occasion can lead to tissue damage.



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If you have a sports injury or osteoarthritis and have questions about PRP injections, please ask me in the comments below or contact my orthopaedic office in Fishkill, NY – Hawthorne, NY  or in Westchester County, New York.

Howard Luks MD, 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Hawthorne, New York 10532, United States - Phone: 914-789-2735 Email:

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12 Responses to “PRP Injection Recovery Time”

  1. Reply PRP for Knee Arthritis - Howard J. Luks, MD says:

    [...] average recovery time from a PRP injection for arthritis varies… most patients begin to feel better in four weeks.  Sometimes [...]

  2. Reply Tennis Elbow and Cortisone Injections - Howard J. Luks, MD says:

    […] who have failed to improve with rest, ice, moist heat, therapy, Flexbar and even acupuncture. The recovery from a PRP injection is generally brief, and it is viewed as a worthy treatment to attempt when all else fails and you […]

  3. Reply Zainab says:

    May i ask if a shoulder labral tear can be treated with PRP?

    • Reply Howard J. Luks, MD says:

      There is no science to support it.. but many are trying it. Anecdotally some may say it worked… but until the research catches up we will not know if it is the PRP which is healing the labrum or not.

  4. Reply LuAnn Robertson says:

    I just had PRP injection into shoulder. Hx of rotator cuff surgery, laurel repair and bicep tenodesis 11 months ago. Developed sever scar tissue and surascapular nerve entrapment. And had a second surgery 5 months ago. ROM still very limited and pain w movement.

    What do you recommend for rehab after PRP. I am an avid long distance runner, gym enthusiast and have been in PT for 11 months. Just started lifting light weights w cables. How long should this joint be rested? Also does movement of shoulder joint with running or exercise impede the healing of the PRP and would it decrease chances of a favorable outcome?

    • Reply LuAnn Robertson says:

      I apologize labrum repair not laurel

    • Reply Howard J. Luks, MD says:

      LuAnn… PRP unfortunately will not help you to gain back your motion. PRP injections can be useful in very limited applications around the shoulder. Your motion and activities generally aren’t limited after the injection… but you should check with your surgeon and follow their protocol.
      good Luck
      Howard Luks

  5. Reply Barbaros Yurttagul says:

    I have shoulder pain more than 1.5 years. I felt the pain while I was serving in tennis. There is no pain when I stand still, but it hurts when rotating inside or back or holding mouse using the computer. So many MRI, finally doctors couldn’t find any tears in tendons. I’ve tried all conservative treatments such as PT for 30 days, dry needling, kinesiotape, ice packs, rest, pills, cortisone shot. Finally, my physioterapist made me PRP injection yesterday. After injection I feel no pain as they said and I don’t know it works.

  6. Reply Is PRP Therapy Approved for Athletes in the 2014 Winter Olympics? says:

    […] received a PRP injection which speeded up her recovery from injury, and return to […]

  7. Reply Anja says:

    I just learned that not all PRP is the same. I am looking into the treatment for Gr III & IV chondromalacia. The physicians I am considering for administering the treatment use Harvest and Regenexx. How am I supposed to know which system will be more promising?
    Also, how long does your protocol require your patients to not be active after PRP treatment for chondromalacia?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you. Unfortunately I am clear on the other side of the country, otherwise I’d schedule an appointment and ask you all my questions in your office. Thanks for all you do for all of us :)

    • Reply Howard J. Luks, MD says:

      Anja.. I personally use the Harvest system. I’m not sure of the difference between their system and the Regenexx system. We do not have enough research to know which system is superior. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the “best” way to prepare PRP for the various conditions we are using it for. Neither system will regenerate the cartilage associated with the chondromalacia. The treatment is simply used to make your knee feel better. The PRP has an anti-inflammatory effect which makes it useful in cases of arthritis,etc. Gr III,IV chondromalacia is a form of osteo-arthritis.

      I hope all goes well in your pursuits !
      Howard Luks

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