Is PRP Therapy for Knees Worth the Cost?
Do you suffer from knee osteoarthritis or chronic knee pain?
Perhaps you have tried traditional treatments such as rest, compression, or physical therapy for your knee without success and you are considering alternatives. You may have heard of athletes trying sports medicine or advanced therapies such as PRP injections or stem cell therapy to treat their injuries. For some patients, alternative therapies help patients avoid knee surgery.
So, how successful is PRP therapy at treating knee pain or injuries?
How quickly do PRP injections start working?
Is PRP therapy a cost-effective treatment for knee pain?
Read on to learn more about PRP injections for the knees, the cost, and how long the results may last.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Our blood has platelets and plasma. The plasma is the liquid that is mostly water and proteins. It allows red and white blood cells and plasma to move throughout the body. When you have an open wound and are bleeding, the healing properties of platelets kick in. They help the wound heal by forming clots to stop the bleeding.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary form of regenerative medicine. This treatment uses a patient’s own blood to help injuries heal.
How PRP Therapy Works
During a PRP treatment, a patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. This separates and creates a high concentration of platelets. The newly spun blood is then reinjected into the injured area.
Once in the targeted area, the platelets breakdown and release their growth factors. This helps trigger the healing process so the cells can begin to repair themselves. The treatment reduces pain and inflammation in the treatment site.
PRP Treatment Uses
Platelet rich plasma has been widely used across medical fields for cosmetic purposes, skin rejuvenation, hair loss treatments, and sports medicine. It may be used to treat sports injuries, knee arthritis, tendinitis, and muscle and joint injuries.
The Cost of PRP Therapy
Although PRP therapy has many uses, it has not yet been adopted by insurance companies as a covered treatment. It is still considered an experimental or alternative medical treatment.
How Much Do Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Cost?
The cost of PRP injections varies from patient to patient. Factors such as the center location, purpose of the therapy, number of injections needed influence the total cost.
How Much Are PRP Injections for the Knees?
Regenerative medicine treatments start at $500. We want to significantly improve your knee pain to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Therefore, we offer financing options through CareCredit and Advance Care to help make the treatment fit our budget.
PRP Therapy for Knees
Platelet rich plasma has been used increasingly across the regenerative medicine and sports medicine fields. It is a successful treatment with many benefits that make it worth the price.
How Long Do PRP Knee Injections Last?
As an outpatient treatment, PRP injections are performed in the comfort of our Charlotte office. This minimally invasive procedure allows patients to avoid knee surgery. Since it uses the patient’s own blood, there are minimal risks and few side effects.
The treatment helps tissues repair themselves, causes new cells to form, and helps reverse tissue damage. It also reduces pain and inflammation which helps improve mobility and quality of life. Research shows these results can last 2 to 5 years.
How Many PRP Injections Are Needed for Knees?
The results and number of treatments needed vary from patient to patient. However, since PRP therapy helps existing cells heal, the effects improve over time as the tissues repair themselves.
PRP Therapy at Advanced Sports & Spine
Your health and wellness are our top priorities! We offer non-surgical, non-opioid treatments including PRP therapy to treat knee pain and injuries. We utilize a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to medicine to customize treatments to our patients’ needs. This includes offering less invasive methods with faster recovery periods.
Depending on a patient’s needs, we may combine regenerative medicine treatments with physical therapy or exercise to improve and prolong results.
Affordable PRP Therapy for Knees
At Advanced Sports & Spine, Dr. Ahmad, our board-certified pain physician, offers PRP therapy for knee pain in our Charlotte office. Our outpatient procedures are performed using the latest, most advanced technology.
We offer the most affordable regenerative medicine treatments in the Charlotte area.