A relatively new option for the treatment of pain is the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection. This treatment gaining popularity among many pain management practitioners. The primary difference between this injection and others is that rather than alleviating pain by blocking or diverting it. The platelet rich plasma works to repair the damaged tissue at the injection point, thereby relieving pain in the patient.
This procedure has gained popularity in a number of fields beyond pain management and is increasingly used in sports medicine and dermatology. Regardless of the field utilizing this procedure, it has shown significant benefits to most patients able to take advantage of it.
This procedure is beneficial for most patients suffering from arthritic and other degenerative causes of pain. You must consult a physician to see if the treatment would be recommended; however, the procedure is seldom covered by insurance.
What are PRP injection treatments like?
The procedure is relatively straight forward in that a sample of blood is collected from the patient and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and the platelets are injected at the point of pain. The body is then able to make use of the additional platelets in the area to accelerate the natural healing of the tissue. The entire procedure takes about an hour depending on the number of injections.
How often do you have to be treated with PRP injections?
The number of injections varies based on the patient’s individual condition. Typically the number of injections varies from 1-3 sessions. Patients often experience significant relief after the first or second session.
How long does a PRP injection last?
Results vary between patients, but since this procedure promotes the regeneration of the tissue, the pain relief can range from months to permanent, depending on the nature of the injury.
Treatment costs vary depending on the number of injection sites; however, they generally start at $750 per injection. Since many insurance providers do not cover this procedure, many people will be glad to know that medical financing is an option. While we don’t offer it through our office, we can point you in the right direction.
What are patients saying?
“Dr. Sturm and staff are fantastic. True professional of his craft. Day 3 after my PRP injection and my pain was gone. My accident was 9 months prior and I had daily pain in my left shoulder keeping me from normal activities and really effected my sleep. Now I am back to full workouts and sleeping 100% better. I am a firm believer in PRP and Arch Advanced Pain Management.” -Amos