There is no guarantee of success, and not all physicians are using this technique yet, but it might be something to suggest if you are trying to avoid or delay an invasive surgery. PRP is hypothesized to improve the bodies’ own natural mechanisms for healing cartilage. So if the reason for your pain is due primarily to worn cartilage this may be an option for you. It is certainly a much less invasive procedure, and although still a little experimental, is quite affordable and might be worth considering a trial before surgery. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your doctor if he or she does this procedure, or if there is someone in your community who does, and if they feel you are a candidate for this procedure.