TSAOG Orthopaedics & Spine is offering Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy in San Antonio, TX. We are excited to offer PRP Therapy, in which a high concentration of the patient’s own platelets and growth factors are injected directly into the injury site to promote healing and give patients another treatment option for dealing with orthopedic conditions such as joint pain and several types of injuries.
Blood is made up of four main components:
Platelets promote clotting through the collection and release of growth factors, which aid in tissue regeneration.
In PRP Therapy, a sample of a patient’s own blood is drawn and spun down to collect only the platelets and white blood cells from the sample. The result is a highly concentrated dose of platelets, which are then injected directly into the injury site to promote inflammation and speed the healing process.
PRP Therapy vs. Steroid Injections – Steroid injections are not considered a long-term solution and frequent steroid injections to control pain can actually weaken tissue in the treated area. PRP Therapy offers the opportunity to heal the affected area, which can be a permanent solution.
PRP Therapy vs. Surgery – If an injury or pain is severe enough to consider surgery, consider PRP Therapy first. Assuming you are a candidate for PRP Therapy, it is a less invasive option which could provide permanent relief. Compared to surgery, PRP Therapy also offers a lower out-of-pocket cost, reduced risk of infection, and shorter recovery period.
Unfortunately, no. Although PRP therapy has been in use since the 1970s, major insurers have yet to update their policies regarding its benefits in certain specialties, including orthopedics. For this reason, insurances will not cover PRP therapy and patients can expect an out-of-pocket cost of $500 per joint injection and $1,000 per spinal injection.