One of the newer options in the treatments for arthritis is PRP injections.
Platelets are naturally occurring cells in the human body that contain proteins that have been identified to help with the healing and regeneration of cartilage in the joints of the body.
Techniques are now available in which the platelets from a patient's blood are separated and prepared for injection into an arthritic joint. This has most widely been studied with cases of arthritis of the knee joint. Although research is still evolving, there appears to be positive benefit to patients receiving these injections.
Please be aware that this treatment is still considered experimental and therefore not covered by insurance. Cash pay prices vary – for knee injections, charges are typically $1,000 per injection.
Dr. Kaper will be happy to share the most up-to-date research information to help patients make smart and educated decisions about their arthritis care.