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How much does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) cost?

By:Rob S Williams, MD October 10, 2019 prp

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Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is becoming increasingly popular for treating tissue injuries and joint pain. In PRP treatment, 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?

When a medical treatment is fairly new, it may not be covered by most health insurance plans. PRP has only been made available to the public recently—though pro athletes have had it at their disposal since the 1980s. There are inadequate high-level scientific studies on the use of PRP. Early studies show potential benefits for some conditions, but more research is needed. Because it’s considered a new therapy by insurers, most clinics who provide PRP treatment, including ours, 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. We want you to have all the information you need to plan and budget for your care. 

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General Cost FOR PRP TREATMENT (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, which separates the different types of blood cells, and create a platelet-enriched plasma preparation of your own blood. The provider will then inject 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.

Cost per injection is $700

 

How Many PRP Injections Will You Need?

PRP Therapy: Muscle or tendon 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.

  • $1400 ($700 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 prp knee injection procedure costsand control painful inflammation and stiffness. For treatment of joints, we recommend 2 to 3 injections spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart.

 

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. Or schedule an appointment at any time, to discuss PRP further with our providers.

Article written by: Rob Williams, MD

 

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