Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is becoming increasingly popular for treating tissue injuries and joint pain. With PRP, a physician prepares an enriched supply of a patient's own blood, then injects it at the site of an injury to help promote faster healing of chronic injuries like tendinitis, sprains, and some milder forms of arthritis.
If you follow professional sports, you may have heard about PRP—many world-class athletes, including Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant, credit it for accelerating the repair of their sports injuries. PRP is especially helpful with treating tennis elbow and knee inflammation.
Today, more and more orthopedics clinics are offering PRP therapy to help treat non-professional sports injuries and arthritis.
We at Coastal Orthopedics are proud to offer PRP injections in our Corpus Christi office.
How Much Does Platelet rich therapy Cost the Patient?
If you’ve been shopping around for a PRP provider, you’ve probably noticed a frustrating trend: very few medical practices share their fees for platelet rich plasma therapy on their websites or over the phone. Often they’ll ask you to make an appointment for a consultation before giving you any information about how much this treatment will cost you as a patient.
This run-around is particularly frustrating when the treatment is fairly new and therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. PRP has only been made available to the public recently—though pro athletes had it at their disposal since the 1980s. Because it’s considered a new therapy by insurers, most clinics who provide PRP treatment, ours included, offer it as a cash-only therapy.
The bottom line: We at Coastal Ortho feel that our patients deserve transparency and honesty from their medical providers,
especially when procedures aren’t covered by their health plans. At Coastal Ortho, we want you to have all the information you need to plan and budget for your care.
In answer to your question, “How much will PRP therapy cost me?”—as of 2019, our fees are as follows.
PRP Therapy: General Cost (Cash-only)
PRP injections can be prepared and administered on an outpatient basis in our office. We draw your plasma (blood), spin it
through a centrifuge, and create a platelet-enriched plasma preparation of your own blood. An orthopedic physician then injects this preparation into the site of your injury.
PRP delivers an enhanced supply of growth factors—10 times the normal concentration of platelets—to your injury. These growth factors play an important role in signaling the body to heal itself through clotting, controlling inflammation, and building and healing tissue and skin.
The fee for this treatment is:
- $350 per injection
PRP Therapy: Tendon or Muscle Injury
If you have chronic tendon or muscle injuries, PRP may be a non-invasive alternative to surgery (or it may delay the need for surgery). For treating a tendon or muscle injury, we recommend two injections spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. The cost:
- $700 ($350 per injection)
PRP Therapy: Joint Injury or Arthritis
Although PRP cannot create new cartilage or otherwise reverse the joint damage that causes arthritis, it can help to subdue and control painful inflammation and stiffness. For treatment of joints, we recommend 2 to 3 injections spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart.
- $700to $1,050 ($350 per injection)
How Many PRP Injections Will You Need?
The size of your injury site and the extent of the damage may affect how many injections are recommended to facilitate your healing. A bigger, more extensive injury will require more injections, administered at intervals. A smaller injury (say, a minor stretch or tear of a tendon or ligament) may respond to a single injection.
Want More Information about PRP?
We’ve written several blog posts about this new and exciting therapy. We encourage you to read them and learn more about the PRP process and preparation, including the science behind how (and why) PRP works to help you heal faster.
Learn more by downloading our FREE eBook on PRP Therapy here:
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