Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP Injections Offered by Louisville Sports Medicine Physician Stacie Grossfeld to Treat Injury-Related Inflammation and Pain
Platelet Rich Plasma or "PRP" is plasma from a person's blood that contains a higher concentration of platelets than what is found in their normal blood. Platelets typically comprise roughly 10% of our blood. These additional platelets are pulled from the liquid part of our blood or plasma which carries platelets and red and white blood cells through the body. PRP injections are part of a larger movement towards orthobiologics which involves using the body's own natural substances (plasma or stem cells, for example) to speed up the healing process.
In order to prepare the injection, the physician begins by drawing the patient's blood. A centrifuge is used to separate the blood platelets from the red and white blood cells. This enriched plasma is then combined with the remaining blood to be used as an injection. PRP injections are typically inserted directly into the injured area of the body through ultrasound guided techniques.
Since PRP injections are a comparatively new treatment, most insurance companies do not offer coverage and patients are required to pay out of pocket. Given the success she has seen from PRP injections with patients, Dr. Grossfeld has found a way to offer more affordable PRP injection services compared to other area providers. While a typical PRP injection in Louisville, Kentucky, can cost upwards of $500 or more per treatment, Dr. Grossfeld is able to charge only $325 per PRP injection.
This fee covers all costs associated with a PRP injection including the office visit, blood draw, coverage of the materials used to create the PRP substance, and the actual PRP injection.
PRP injections are used to effectively treat injury-related inflammation and pain caused by things like:
As the popularity of platelet rich plasma for healing gains ground, an increasing number of scientists are conducting research on the effectiveness of PRP. Several of Dr. Grossfeld's own patients have described the benefits of PRP injections including the following:
"After undergoing extensive treatment for my tennis elbow, I finally had a PRP injection at Dr. Grossfeld's office and within weeks my symptomatology resolved and I was able to resume playing tennis." Amy, Louisville, KY
"I have a history of knee osteoarthritis and have tried cortisone injections, Synvisc injections, physical therapy and bracing. My symptoms still persisted. Dr. Grossfeld recommended a PRP injection which was given to my right knee and my symptoms have almost completely resolved. I'm extremely happy!" Anthony, Louisville, KY
"I have a history of rotator cuff tears. I did not want to have surgery. Dr. Grossfeld offered me a PRP injection in my shoulder and my symptoms almost completely resolved." Tony, Louisville, KY
Additionally, many famous athletes like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Brian Urlacher, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Daniel Cormier and many others have been reported to have benefited from PRP injections.
Many athletes even credit Platelet Rich Plasma injections for helping them return to sport more quickly and effectively. Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing which is why PRP injections benefit athletes so much. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a PRP injection, call Orthopaedic Specialists at 502-212-2663 now.
ABOUT DR. GROSSFELD AND ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS
Dr. Stacie L. Grossfeld is a graduate of the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Minnesota, along with a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Fowler- Kennedy Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Grossfeld is double board certified as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor serving patients across the Louisville, Kentucky area. Dr. Grossfeld also works as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Grossfeld has a lot of experience working with competitive athletes in many different sports including football, baseball, wrestling, running, swimming, cycling, body building, soccer, field hockey, tennis and squash. Her specialties include shoulder reconstruction, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, osteoarthritis, elbow pain, pediatric orthopedics, and sports injuries, to name a few.
Along with her work at Orthopaedic Specialists and the University of Louisville, Dr. Grossfeld also serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA at Norton Commons and the Louisville Sports Commission. If you or someone you know may benefit from the pain PRP injections, you can contact Orthopaedic Specialists at 502-212-2663 for more info or to schedule an appointment.