Pains and Risks?
In all cases, the area being treated is first anesthetized, although the injection can still be painful. The risk with PRP and Orthokine come from the injection itself, as any injection can be. These include bleeding, risk of infection and the risk of nerve damage, although the probability is low. To get the maximum benefit from the treatment, and help prevent re-injury, a specially-designed home-based rehabilitation and exercise program is incorporated. This helps newly developing connective tissue mature into healthy and strong tendon or ligament fibers.
Interested yet? Well, let’s get down to the bottom line. How much does something like this cost? If Kobe, A-Rod and every other bad-ass pro-athlete are getting their blood spun, it must cost an arm and a leg right? Survey says: it’s expensive! According to Scientific American, springing for legal blood doping can run between $500-$2,000 big ones. Here’s the kicker: it’s usually done over three to six sessions, depending on the site and severity. Except for Medicare, PRP injections are covered by most insurance plans, though some require pre-authorization and in most cases it comes out of your pocket.
If conventional therapies haven’t worked for you and you decide to take the plunge, undergo some sort of physical therapy following the injection. It would help the newly developing connective tissue mature, strengthen and become resilient to re-injury.