Board Certified, New York City Based, Osteopath Specializing in Spine, Pain and Sports Medicine
What Does PRP Stand for?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Platelet Rich Plasma injections have proven to be extremely effective when it comes to relieving pain and helping to heal certain types of injuries. Platelets are specialized blood cells involved in repair. PRP contains growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. These growth factors and cytokines tissue strengthen and stimulate cell reproduction. The new cells replacing them cells to allow the area to become stronger and more functional. This supports and enhances the natural healing process.
When Are PRP Injections Used?
PRP injections are used to help the body reproduce new cells that take the place of the cells and tissues that were damaged by injury or chronic illness. PRP injections can be effectively used with other treatment options because they have relatively few side effects and support the tissues that are being healed. The more support the tissues have, the easier it is for them to regain their strength and begin to function correctly. With each treatment, the additional platelets and growth factors continue to support the healing process further enhancing what the other treatments have to offer.
How Do Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Work?
Dr. Magyar advises prior to the injection to not take any anti-inflammatories for 1 week. PRP injections work by placing additional platelets and growth factors into injured areas of the body. A person’s own blood is used to create the platelet rich plasma that is used in the injections. The platelets are concentrated with a centrifuge to create a level of platelets that is 7-8 times higher than baseline. The PRP is then placed into the damaged tissue usually with ultrasound guidance to support the healing process. The whole process may take 10 to 30 minutes.
Post PRP Injection
Following your PRP injection, there may be a period of immobilization to ensure the Platelet Rich Plasma injection area can optimally recover. We encourage physical therapy after PRP injections to promote a healing response that hastens the recovery period, allowing the person to get back on their feet much quicker. Follow up is based on the specifics of the cause of the pain, location, and the injury area.
PRP Injections and Insurance
Currently, PRP Injections are not covered by commercial insurance providers. This makes it a cash service that is paid out of pocket by the patient. If you feel that Platelet Rich Plasma Injections could help treat your pain, the team at Network Spine will lay out all options and work with you to understanding the potential costs. In some scenarios, Stem cell injections can be an alternative treatment option if the pain and damage are more severe.
We will walk through all the treatment options we think are the best fit for your scenario and clearly lay out any potential costs.