Is PRP/BMA covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not cover these procedures but we offer multiple payment options. Deductibles and co-pays
for surgery are often greater than these treatments with increased recovery time.
Are the injections painful?
We use a local anesthetic to numb the area(s) needing treatment. There may be varying degrees of discomfort/pain associated with the initial injection of the injured tissue, as one would expect. Many of my patients find the local numbing agent helps the discomfort for the first 30 minutes to 1 hour after the procedure. The area injected will be painful for the first 24 to 72 hours and we will prescribe pain medication-to be used soon after the procedure for comfort. Both the pain medication and an anti-anxiety prescription can be prescribed before the procedure. Please request one week prior to your scheduled procedure for the pharmacy to have time to process.
May I continue to take anti-inflammatory medication?
We recommend you not take Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID's) medication starting 5 days prior to your procedure and continuing 4 weeks post-op.(NSAID's) include; Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil, Motrin, Celebrex, Voltaren, etc.
What about returning to normal activity?
Usually 2-3 days after treatment you are able to resume normal daily activities with less pain. You may add exercise 2 weeks after the treatment in moderation. If your activity is painful, stop and advance only as tolerable. All patients heal at different rates, so it is very important to let pain be your guide.
Will I be able to go to work/school after the treatment?
Most people are able to return to work and/or school the next day. Occasionally we have patients who require taking one or two days off. Remember, everyone is different in their response to the acute inflammatory phase. We will provide a note if necessary
Will I need physical therapy after the treatment ?
Depending on the injury, many patients need strengthening and or stretching exercises for their specific sport. We give the option of traditional physical therapy or a home exercise program.
How many treatments will it take to heal my injury ?
We find the average patient requires only one treatment. Rarely is an additional one required. If necessary for supplemental care, an in-office PRP (platelet-rich plasma) minor procedure will be provided as part of the package.
How will I know if I need more treatments?
Your body will tell you. We strive for 80-90% improvement in pain and function, but the exact goal will be discussed at your initial appointment. Outcomes will vary based on the severity of your disease process.
Will I need someone to drive me home?
You will be given a prescription for Valium or Dilaudid to be taken 30 minutes prior to the procedure. A driver to and from our office is required.
How long is the healing process ?
Abnormal or damaged collagen takes about 9-12 months to completely heal, but you should experience pain relief and increase mobility within 4-6 weeks.