Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is a revolutionary, safe, non-surgical procedure for the treatment of tendon, muscle and ligament injuries or osteoarthritis and InHealth Imaging is now offering this service in our Poulsbo office. Many athletes, including professional sports figures, are using this treatment for its relief of pain and promotion of healing of musculoskeletal conditions. Recreational and professional athletes credit PRP treatment for enabling them to get back in the game. Additionally, patients with joint arthritis are experiencing less pain and greater function.

Why and How Does It Work

InHealth Imaging uses the PEAK Platelet Rich Plasma System to capture your own healing potential by using a small sample of your blood to make your very own platelet rich plasma. Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell. Most people associate platelets with clot formation. While that is an important function of platelets, they are also very much involved in injury healing. Human platelets are naturally extremely rich in connective tissue growth factors. Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons and joints stimulates a natural repair process.

Blood is made up of 93% red blood cells, 6% platelets, 1% white blood cells and plasma. The goal of PRP is to maximize the number or concentration of platelets. In order to do this a small blood draw is done and then placed in a special centrifuge which separates the platelets from the red blood cells. The red blood cells are discarded and the remaining platelet concentration is used for treatment.  InHealth Imaging uses guided imagery equipment so that the injection is going into the specific area that needs to be treated. The entire treatment takes 30-40 minutes.

How often are Injections given

Many patients respond well to just one treatment. However, typically two to three treatments are necessary. Injections are given every 8 to 12 weeks on average.

Conditions that Benefit from PRP include:

  • Knee, hip, shoulder and other joint osteoarthritis
  • Chronic tendon and ligament problems
  • Shoulder, knee and ankle pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis
  • Hamstring strains

Is PRP covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, do NOTpay for PRP injections. Thus the cost of PRP injections is the patient’s responsibility. At InHealth Imaging we do offer a 35% cash pay discount. The average cost for an injection is $899 minus the cash pay discount.