PRP Joint Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) joint therapy is one of the latest leading-edge pain management methods in treating most sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. This is a non-surgical in office procedure that provides fast, effective and long-lasting liberation from discomfort and pain.

 

Average time for procedure: 30 minutes

Recovery Time: No downtime

It is a relatively new development for treating musculoskeletal injuries in the general population. PRP Joint Therapy is a simple in-office procedure. We start by taking a small sample of a patient’s blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge machine which separates out the red blood cells. The remaining plasma has a high concentration of platelets (up to 8 times that of whole blood) which contains cells such as growth factors and stem cell signaling markers. These cells are vital for tissue healing and regeneration. The PRP is then injected precisely into an area of soft tissue injury to promote the body’s natural healing process and help repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This enhanced healing process leads to a faster and more efficient restoration of the injured tissue to a healthy state, thereby improving pain and overall function.

 

Injections are given with a local anesthetic, using the smallest gauge needle possible, to reduce pain at the injection site. The PRP injection procedure is usually minimally painful and similar to that of any other type of injection. Even though it may be somewhat uncomfortable, it’s important to remember that it is creating a healing response, so an increased pain level in the days after the injection is expected. On occasion, patients might notice that an “achy” soreness is felt at the site of injury, just a few hours following the injection. This “soreness” is a positive sign that the healing process has been set in motion. This effect can last for several days and will gradually decrease as healing and tissue repair occurs.

 

The PRP Joint Therapy is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing of the injured tissue. The regeneration of connective tissue can continue for months and may possibly require multiple injections. 

 

Since PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is very rare. Research suggests that PRP also has an anti-bacterial property which protects against possible infection. Research and clinical data shows that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication.

Consultations/Insurance:

The cost depends on two main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Kettman and his team will be able to provide more information for you after your initial examination.

Consultations are typically covered by your insurance but some insurance benefits vary. It is best to check with your insurance to verify your benefits.

Most insurance companies do not yet cover the PRP injection. However, most patients can use their healthcare flexible spending account to pay for the procedure. Otherwise, it is considered an out of pocket expense.  Payment is due at the time of the injection. We do offer Care Credit as a financing option.

It is a relatively new development for treating musculoskeletal injuries in the general population. PRP Joint Therapy is a simple in-office procedure. We start by taking a small sample of a patient’s blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge machine which separates out the red blood cells. The remaining plasma has a high concentration of platelets (up to 8 times that of whole blood) which contains cells such as growth factors and stem cell signaling markers. These cells are vital for tissue healing and regeneration. The PRP is then injected precisely into an area of soft tissue injury to promote the body’s natural healing process and help repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This enhanced healing process leads to a faster and more efficient restoration of the injured tissue to a healthy state, thereby improving pain and overall function.

 

Injections are given with a local anesthetic, using the smallest gauge needle possible, to reduce pain at the injection site. The PRP injection procedure is usually minimally painful and similar to that of any other type of injection. Even though it may be somewhat uncomfortable, it’s important to remember that it is creating a healing response, so an increased pain level in the days after the injection is expected. On occasion, patients might notice that an “achy” soreness is felt at the site of injury, just a few hours following the injection. This “soreness” is a positive sign that the healing process has been set in motion. This effect can last for several days and will gradually decrease as healing and tissue repair occurs.

 

The PRP Joint Therapy is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing of the injured tissue. The regeneration of connective tissue can continue for months and may possibly require multiple injections. 

 

Since PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is very rare. Research suggests that PRP also has an anti-bacterial property which protects against possible infection. Research and clinical data shows that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication.

Consultations/Insurance:

The cost depends on two main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Kettman and his team will be able to provide more information for you after your initial examination.

Consultations are typically covered by your insurance but some insurance benefits vary. It is best to check with your insurance to verify your benefits.

Most insurance companies do not yet cover the PRP injection. However, most patients can use their healthcare flexible spending account to pay for the procedure. Otherwise, it is considered an out of pocket expense.  Payment is due at the time of the injection. We do offer Care Credit as a financing option.

There are no limitations.  As far as what to expect, everyone is different.  Most people do well right afterwards because the PRP seems to give a little cushion right after.  It takes a few weeks to two months to fully get the effect. On average, patients experience relief in about 6 weeks, but you may see results sooner. Relief from PRP injections can last 2-5 years. 

At your consultation, Dr. Kettman will be able to better give you answers to your questions for your specific situation.

Call Kettman Aesthetics Center Medical Spa today to schedule your consultation!

(319) 236-7752

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