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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Using Your Body’s Healing Power to Heal Faster
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a natural option using your body’s own healing power. In use in sports medicine since the mid-1990s, PRP therapy stimulates and enhances healing of soft tissue, such as damage caused by:
- Cartilage degeneration
- Labrum tears
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Loose ligaments
- Muscle tears
- Patellar tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendon tears
- Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
PRP can be used to treat certain injuries caused by a range of sports and activities, including tennis, golf, yoga, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, basketball, and dance.
For a Wall Street Journal article (March 30, 2010) on PRP, please click here.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the liquid part of the blood, which contains red and white bloods cells, as well as platelets. In the human body, platelets are about 10% of the blood’s cellular components. In PRP, your blood platelet concentration is increased to 90%, greatly increasing your blood’s healing power.
How Does PRP Heal?
The injected platelets release huge numbers of growth factors, which induce an inflammatory reaction that initiates a healing cascade. Growth factors stimulate blood flow, matrix formation, which helps form new soft tissue, and restores tendon and ligament proteins, and strengthen cartilage. Especially for tendons, which have a poor blood supply, PRP can speed up healing.
Does Insurance Cover PRP?
Insurance companies do not cover PRP. The cash price for PRP is $925 per injection.
For more information, please call (310) 423-8000.
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