PRP Treatment F.A.Q.
It may be easier to understand if we break it down: Platelets do many things, but when it comes to these treatments, we are focusing on their growth and healing powers. They are amazing at those things.
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood, and it contains all sorts of vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc..
When we draw your blood for the treatment, it is spun in a device called a centrifuge, which spins the blood at a rate that separates some things out of the plasma, and allows us to re-introduce plasma that is full of platelets directly into the part of your body that needs it the most.
The effectiveness of the treatment has to do with the concentration of the PRP into the area of injury or complaint. While your blood is constantly traveling through you, this treatment allows us to deliver a more powerful dose to a very specific location.
We use cutting-edge ultrasound technology to make sure we are injecting your PRP into the precise location it is needed. The ultrasound also helps us to do it as safely as possible, too, as we can see all the potential obstacles as we go in.
PRP has been proven through research and clinical studies to provide long-lasting relief to a variety of injuries and complaints. There are alternatives to this type of treatment, but there are not many that offer the potential for years of effectiveness the way PRP treatments do.
PRP injections have been shown to help with a wide variety of soft-tissue tissue injuries. Think muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and/or ankle injuries can benefit.
It can have fast results depending on certain factors, but the most impactful results are felt typically after the body has had time to use the PRP to heal itself – typically between 4-8 weeks. We also recommend continuing your care plan as written by the medical team, to speed up and elongate these potential results. A famous study, conducted by the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed the following results in patients with elbow tendinosis:
- 46% pain relief by week 4
- 60% pain relief by week 8
- 81% pain relief by 6 months
At its conclusion, 93% of the participants were “completely satisfied” with their PRP treatment – and had avoided surgery.
We can check with your carrier for you, but despite PRP being successfully used for decades, its application in the treatment of pain is relatively new. Therefore, most insurance companies do not currently cover PRP therapy. That being said, we do have payment options if help is needed.