Frequently Asked Questions About PRP Therapy
How will I know if PRP Therapy is a suitable treatment?
- Pain that persists for 3 months or longer (for chronic conditions).
- Sprains, strains, tears of muscle/ligament/tendon (acute conditions).
- Symptoms and physical examination results in line with diagnosis.
- Persistent pain despite traditional non-surgical treatment (PT, NSAIDs, activity changes, steroid injections, etc.)
- Pathological changes observed on diagnostic imaging: X-ray, MRI, CT, and/or ultrasound.
- Patient wants to postpone or avoid surgical treatment.
Is PRP Therapy covered by health insurance?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative new medical procedure, and like other medical breakthroughs like LASIK Surgery, is not yet covered by insurance. PRP Therapy is effectual and affordable. While the number of injections patients require may vary based on the severity of their condition, each injection costs hundreds, not thousands of dollars. Many Physicians offer a consultation where they can assess your condition, determine your candidacy, and tell you exactly how many injections you might need. PRP is far less expensive than most surgical co-pays, in addition to being safer and often more effective than surgery as well. Flexible financing options are available for individuals who qualify.
How long does PRP Therapy last?
PRP Therapy employs your body’s own natural properties to reduce recovery time and speed the healing process. Unlike many medical treatments that obscure symptoms or suppress your body’s pain response to an injury, PRP Therapy works to make your body heal more effectually quicker. This means you will regenerate new tissue, your own tissue, naturally. While positive results cannot be guaranteed; because PRP Therapy encourages your own intrinsic healing capacity and forms new body tissue, results are hypothetically permanent, as long as you do not exacerbate the original injury or have a degenerative condition. If symptoms do return PRP Therapy can be administered safely frequently.
Are adverse reactions possible with PRP Therapy?
Some patients experience minor swelling, pain, or bruising shortly after the injection. This is a response to blood and healing properties of the blood rushing to the area of injury that has been injected, but this is temporary. There is a slight risk of blood clotting, increased bleeding, and a chance of infection, as with any other injection based procedure.
Are there any contraindications for PRP Therapy?
Patients that are taking a high dose of a blood thinner such as Plavix, Coumadin, Warfarin, etc. have an increased risk of post procedure bleeding and hematoma. In these instances we require an INR score (blood clotting time study) to be administered prior to the procedure to guarantee safety.
Is PRP Therapy FDA-approved?
The Food and Drug Administration evaluates PRP Equipment, and is conducting further research into approving this procedure.