Dx Medical now offers PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting patients to any risk. The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal. PRP was initially developed 20 years ago to aide with wound healing and blood loss. Its benefits are now being applied towards the facilitation of healing tendons and cartilage. In fact, PRP has been widely used for years in Europe to treat various tendon injuries.
How does PRP procedure work?
Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelet are taken and then re-injected into the affected area. These platelets release substances known as “growth factors” that lead to tissue healing. For example, when you cut yourself, the body’s natural response is to attract platelets that release growth factors and to facilitate healing. Platelets also play central role in blood clotting and wound healing. By concentrating the platelets we increase the release of growth factors which promotes the healing of tendons and cartilage. The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself and by re-injecting concentrated platelets we are facilitating the natural healing process.
Is PRP right for me?
For most patients, PRP offers a solid, alternative treatment for those who do not wish to have surgery. An initial evaluation will determine if PRP is a viable treatment option.
How would a patient get referred for PRP injection therapy?
If you are wondering if you would be a candidate for PRP injection, your attending physician should refer you to our Orthopedic Surgeon to be assessed (referral form is attached for your physician to fill out and send it to Dx). PRP injection will then be discussed at the consultation with the Orthopedic Surgeon as a treatment option.
Is PRP covered by Alberta Health?
No, PRP is an uninsured service. However, some private insurance will cover the cost of the service as part of their health spending account or also known as “flex spending”. Dx Medical Centres is more than happy to provide a letter of predetermination for you to submit to your insurance company for pre-approval prior to the service.