You may have come across the “Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Treatment” section of our website a time or two, only to close it out and move onto your online shopping spree or additional pain management research. We get it. This therapy is not a particularly easy concept to understand, and being that it is still relatively new to the pain world, patients may be skeptical about this form of chronic pain management.
Well there’s no need to remain skeptical, because the team at American Spine is breaking down this unique therapy in an easy-to-digest format. We’re keeping this quick, easy and to the point. So how can PRP injection therapy help with chronic pain? Continue reading to find out!
What is PRP Injection Therapy?
Simply put, this therapy uses your own blood, and the platelets within your blood, to treat painful muscle, tendon and ligament strains, sprains and other injuries. If you want the more scientific approach to this therapy, visit the hyper-linked “Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Treatment” in the introductory paragraph. In layman’s terms, your physician will collect a sample of your blood, put it into a special device that separate’s it into different components, mix some of the separated components to make a concentrated solution, then inject it into/around the damaged or painful tissues.
What Are the Risks?
Because the patient is using his or her own blood, risks are relatively minimal. However, they could still happen. Some risks may include: increased pain near the injection site, infection, tissue damage, and/or nerve injuries.
Does Insurance Cover PRP Injection Therapy?
This is where things might get a little tough. Talk to your American Spine physician about payment and/or call your insurance company to discuss your current insurance plan and reimbursement/coverage. Some insurance and/or workers' compensation plans may not provide partial reimbursement.
Who is a candidate for PRP Injection Therapy?
At this time, we recommend patients who fit under the following criteria discuss PRP Injection Therapy with their American Spine physician:
- Patients with chronic tendon injuries like chronic Achilles tendonitis, chronic tennis elbow, or inflammation of the patellar tendon (knee) usually respond well to PRP injections.
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries
- Patients who have recently undergone surgery, especially procedures that repair torn rotator cuff tendons, torn knee ligaments, etc.
- Knee arthritis
- Bone fractures (no scientific evidence to prove this, although PRP injection therapy has been used in the past for this).
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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