The Sports Medicine Center at Steindler Orthopedic Clinic is designed to provide our sports medicine patients comprehensive education and exceptional care through the combined knowledge, experience, and expertise of our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is gathered from blood, which is extracted from a vein in your arm. The blood and plasma are spun in a centrifuge until the plasma is separated from the blood, and is concentrated into platelet-rich plasma. PRP is injected into the body to stimulate healing in the area that it is administered. The platelets encourage cell growth and discard damaged cells from the site of the injury. The entire procedure is typically done in less than 30 minutes.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP therapy uses material from your own body, avoiding any risks associated with receiving donated blood. PRP injections are considered a form of natural healing and side effects from the procedure are very uncommon.
What Conditions Can PRP Treat?
Sports injuries often involve wounded joints, ligaments, and tendons. PRP injections are a natural way to accelerate the healing of these areas injured while playing sports. Beyond sports injuries, PRP injections could treat damaged muscles, arthritis, and tendonitis. Your physician will evaluate your condition and determine if PRP treatment is the correct choice for you.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
While PRP injections are not new to medicine, many insurance companies still consider the procedure experimental and do not cover it. If your insurance will not cover the procedure, your physician will discuss other options that may benefit you.