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Six Ways Platelet-Rich Plasma Saves Your Patient’s Money

In 2011, Stanford University researcher Jason L. Dragoo, reported that there are over 86,000 PRP Injections performed in the US each year. Market analysis by exerts put the growth rate of the Platelet-Rich Plasma market at almost 12% compounded rate which means that the number is probably 170,000 this year. Yes, well over 170,000 PRP injections are performed annually in the US. A recent scientific research by Russian researchers claim that patients save about US$876.84 on average when choosing Platelet-Rich Plasma over conventional treatments. This researchers included only data for PRP applied for wound healing. But we believe the savings for sports injuries and arthritis patients to be much higher. That’s a WHOPPING $149 million in COSTS SAVED BY PRP INJECTIONS in the US alone.

And we’re just scratching the surface here.


Skyrocketed During The Past 5 Years

Stephen Clark, PT, DPT, MBA, OCS, president and founder of Athletic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, notes that “the number of physicians performing PRP procedures has skyrocketed during the past 5 years.” This correlates to the aggressive demand we’re seeing for this safe and autologous treatment. The patients can’t find enough physicians performing the procedure. We receive inquiries from patients wanting to do the treatments and some are even willing to go out of state if there’s none in their area.

Watch this response from this patient about her PRP injections.

And patients like Ken below come back for more after their initial injection.

The science, however, is just catching up with this trend. Recent FDA-Sanctioned, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled study and Meta-analysis of Level 1 Randomized Controlled Trials continue validating Platelet-Rich Plasma’s role as a better therapeutic tool than conventional treatments.


Six Ways Patients Save Money When You Offer Them PRP

The big stumbling block for PRP is insurance acceptance. Right now, the insurance companies gleefully ignore the 0232T code – the CPT code for Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, with or without image guidance including its harvesting and preparation. But as they’ll soon realize, not accepting PRP injections is actually costing them a lot of money down the road. That’s why many physicians we talk to believe that it’s only a matter of time before the insurance start accepting it.

But even if it remains that patients have pay out of the pocket for these injections, it still is a very cost-efficient way for them to deal chronic injuries and degeneration.

Here are six ways we know.


1. Symptom management vs true healing

Typical drug-based approach to healthcare is more symptom management than true healing. This is because the drugs typically do nothing to promote the reversal of the root cause. Instead, they’re good at masking the symptoms. The implications of this are vast when it comes to cost. Since the root cause is not addressed, the patient becomes dependent on the drugs as the disease progresses and symptoms recur. Each time they’re given a stronger dose or a different drug until it no longer works.

Now, compare that to Platelet-Rich Plasma’s approach to actually correct the root cause by promoting healing of the broken or degenerated tissues. Often patients are healed by just one or two injections. And they’re happy for years.

In the long run, the patient who’d had Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are less likely to develop complications leading to surgery.


2. Eliminate surgeries

This is huge. Analysts estimate that there are over 600 thousand knee-replacement surgeries performed every year. When people think of the cost of these surgeries, even minimally invasive ones, they only look at the hospital bill that may be covered by the insurance provider. But there are numerous other costs like loss productivity due to patient’s downtime, psychological costs, and even miscellaneous costs during the patient’s stay in the hospital.

Moreover, stuff like arthroscopic surgery, the most common orthopedic surgical procedure, has a history of leading to further deterioration and arthritis.

So the patient’s actual costs are high.

All of these are eliminated when you suggest your patients choose Platelet-Rich Plasma at an earlier stage.

3. Complications, scars or downtime

According to this paper, post-surgical complications can exceed $10,000 for each patient. That is just for surgeries. What about complications due to side effects of drugs? Research indicate that it’s about $1300 per adverse drug reactions.

In fact, medical complications and side effects are some of the biggest cost burdens associated with modern western medicine.

Then there are scars associated with surgeries. Not to talk about downtime.

Platelet-Rich Plasma on the other hand would have none of that troubles. This risk of injection is extremely low since it’s all autologous. And the procedure is done on an outpatient basis after which the patient can return to normal activities the following morning.

All of these translates to increased savings every time you recommend Platelet-Rich Plasma for your patients.

4. Multi-potential therapeutic effects

One of the problems with FDA-approved drugs is that they can only be prescribed for the stated purpose of use. A drug for arthritis patients can only be prescribed for arthritis patients even if it might help a patient with tendonitis. Thus if the patient has more than one orthopedic conditions, chances are each one will need different drugs specifically approved for that condition. Take arthritis and osteoporosis – they are treated completely different when using FDA-approved injections.

On the other hand, Platelet-Rich Plasma is multi-potential. It can be injected on…

  • Knees to heal meniscus, ACL, MCL and arthritis
  • Shoulder to heal rotator cuff tears and tendonitis
  • Hip to heal labrum and bursitis
  • Low Back to heal spinal degeneration and sciatica
  • Foot to heal Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles heel and ligament sprains
  • Elbows to heal lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis
  • Bone to aid the union of fractured bones

You get the point. The possibilities are endless.

This means that the patient do not have to get an assortment of drugs if they need relief for multiple symptoms and thus there is no cost of acquiring new drugs (or potentially leaving drugs unused) each time they have a symptom.


5. No research and marketing costs are added

This is one of the main advantage of Platelet-Rich Plasma injections. Unlike FDA-regulated drugs, for which the companies spend millions of dollars for research, several times more on marketing and mass production, there’s little capital costs involved with Platelet-Rich Plasma.

To produce it, all you will need to invest in is a good PRP Kit and a centrifuge and the patients can come and get the PRP injections unlimited number of times.

All the research on Platelet-Rich Plasma is done by independent researchers around the world and there’s one no single entity who’s licensing it. So customers aren’t paying for bloated research funding and marketing costs.

This means you can afford to charge your patients less.

6. Outpatient treatment, benefits small and independent clinics

The process of getting admitted to a hospital is mentally taxing. And most of the surgical procedures, however minimal require hospitalization. And that means you need big equipments and all sort of things. So only big hospitals can do those. There is an endless list of charges that the hospital needs to include as a standard and depending on the co-pay agreement with their insurance, the patients may end up paying anywhere from 10% to 50% of these extra unnecessary charges.

With Platelet-Rich Plasma, though, it is an outpatient treatment done in small, independent clinics as a 45-minute procedure. And these clinics are very cost-efficient in their operations because they do not need to employ a lot of staff.

The takeaway? Patients pay significantly less compared to surgeries. And the small, independent clinics have a big advantage over large hospitals.

As a last resort I had two injections of PRP

Platelet-Rich Plasma is here to stay. The skyrocketing demand is proof. And there is no reason why you shouldn’t be offering it. Thousands of cases prove that it works. We’ve shown you how it saves your patients money.

If you’re an orthopedic surgeon, rheumatologist, and/or run a pain management clinic, you’re doing a tremendous disservice to your patients if you’re not suggesting Platelet-Rich Plasma to your patients. Because Platelet-Rich Plasma has the highest adoption rate in this field – and for a reason. It has become indispensable.

The second group of people who uses PRP is aesthetic professionals followed by ophthalmic surgeons.

We’ll let some of the stories from Physicians themselves convince you about offering Platelet-Rich Plasma.

Here’s one physician who saw the value in Platelet-Rich Plasma ONLY when he himself was forced to seek the treatment.

“I am a physician who suffered with high hamstring tendinopathy which prevented me from playing competitive soccer and sprinting. I tried all conventional treatments for two years without any improvement. These included physiotherapy from a nationally recognized sports physio. I also used NSAIDs, fish oil/omega 3, glucosamine and chondroitin. I was looking at retiring from competitive sport. As a last resort I had two injections of PRP by a specialist sports physician. After three months I can now run without pain. This was a last ditch treatment that worked for me. (Although it was a trial of n=1).”


Another dentist reports that he’s been using it for more than 8 years for grafting procedures.

PRP is very effective in bone grafting procedures with a huge amount of research supporting it’s effect in speeding healing. It’s use in tendonitis seems to be questionable. I am an oral & maxillofacial surgeon and have used it for greater than eight years with great success in my grafting procedures in the jaws.

The point is, we could go on and on and on about the reasons why a lot of physicians are excited about this treatment. It is simple and practical enough to quickly adopt it into your practice. And the risks are absolutely minimal.

Consider Getting Trained For Advanced Precision PRP Injections

That being said, you might want to undergo training for advanced prp injections at the Interventional Orthopedics foundation. Because, the ability to accurately localize the Platelet-Rich Plasma is one of the biggest needle movers when it comes to extracting the maximum therapeutic benefits. According to the foundation, only 1% of the physicians are able to do these precise injections without training. And so, chances are you may not have had the training. The Interventional Orthopedics Foundation also offer home study videos if you’re not able to attend in-person.


And if you need help setting up your Platelet-Rich Plasma workbench, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (844) 377-7787 or drop us an email via We handle everything from PRP kits to centrifuges to workspace for PRP and marketing brochures.

Dr. Alain Elbaz Does PRP Injection For Tennis Elbow, Knee Patellar Tendon And More

Dr. Alain Elbaz, a well-known orthopedic surgeon in the Houston area, regularly does PRP Injection treatments for his patients. We had posted video of him performing the treatments before. This time he’s back again with even more treatments. This is just a tiny testament to the growing popularity of PRP.

Here’s the link to his latest video.

One of the patients in this video is having PRP for Tennis Elbow. And it’s one of the most challenging injuries suffered not only by pro athletes. But even regular active adults go through it, as you’ll see in the video. It’s also of a highly repetitive nature which means when you have it once, chances are, you may have the same injury again.

And frankly, it’s hard to heal a Tennis Elbow Injury. There isn’t enough blood supply to lateral epicondyle (the tendon that’s affected by Tennis Elbow.) That’s what makes it a perfect candidate for PRP Injection. That together with the simplicity of the procedure is what makes it appealing. As you might already know, the procedure is simple. Draw blood from the patient, spin the blood to isolate the growth-factor-rich platelets and re-inject the platelet into the affected area.

PRP gets you more results the more you do, so patients typically go for three shots in a span of six weeks.

Dr. Elbaz does all injections with the help of Ultrasound imaging. In the video, you’ll also see a patient with a shoulder injury and another with a knee patellar tendon injury.

Dr PRP Kit For Quality PRP Every Single Time

Dr. Elbaz also talks about why he chose Dr. PRP Kit for all his PRP procedures. Basically he says it gives him the quality PRP that he’s looking for. And according to him, the system is relatively fool-proof. Anyone using the system who follows a simple protocol will end up very good quality PRP. “There’s not a whole lot of things that can go wrong,” says Dr. Elbaz.

Again, here’s the link to the video.

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Physician Spotlight: Dr Timothy Davis, MD from Orthopedic Pain Specialists

“There’s no money in this for them, so they’re not investing in the kind of clinical trials that are needed,” said Dr. Tim Davis, MD, in explaining why big pharma is not showing interest in Platelet Rich Plasma. Tim is the medical director of Orthopedic Pain Specialists in Santa Monica. We first got to know him from the TV show, The Doctors.

Tim specializes in healing spinal and musculoskeletal injuries using minimally invasive procedures. And he is a well-known advocate for Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments. Tim is one of the finest ortho specialists in the nation, and has been on the spotlight since treating Lou “The Hulk” Ferrigno for a foot condition.

Dr. Timothy Davis With Lou Ferrigno on The Doctors Show

Dr Timothy Davis: A Passionate Advocate for PRP Injections

According to Tim, what’s stopping PRP from going mainstream is the lack of randomized, controlled trials needed to turn the many sceptics into believers. Or to put it in another way, to overcome the big pharma’s intentional neglect of the procedure.

Review of Dr. Timothy Davis, MD, Orthopedic Pain Specialists, Santa Monica

One thing many PRP studies don’t take into account and that Tim pointed out during a presentation was that timing for administering the PRP is as important or more important than the platelet concentration.

Here’s a video from one of his presentations about Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP Injection for Back Pain: Facts And Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

Having a sore back is one of the most common reasons why American visit a doctor. And every year, our nation coughs up $80 billion for treatments.

Plus, for back pain, surgery is not only discouraged, but it’s often ineffective. (Research suggests patients who undergo surgery for back pain will often end up having to do more surgery.)

This is because doctors can only guess what’s going on. Colorful MRI will show a lot of suspects. But in the end, they’re just that — suspects. Correcting each one of them, hoping it will reduce the pain is fruitless.

On the other hand, this makes it a good candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. When PRP is administered to a particular area, it’s re-activating the cells of the entire region. Sort of like carpet-bombing. It alleviates the problem, even though we don’t know where the culprit is actually hiding.

Back Pain Hugh Jackman

Try PRP Injection for Back Pain

Anyone who’s had serious cases of back pain ought to give Platelet Rich Plasma a try.

Don’t be fooled by lack of evidence of PRP Injections. When you look at statistics of “proven drugs,” many of them are not as effective as the pharma industry would like you to believe. PRP is shunned because there’s no gain for the pharma companies from promoting it.

Here’s a handy little infographic

I hope this little infographic will serve as a reminder for the options you have to treating back pain.


PRP Injection For Shoulder: Heal Injury Without Surgery [INFOGRAPHIC]

Shoulder injuries may not be the most talked about sport injury but it’s one of the common ones that often results in long term consequences. Most shoulder injuries are Rotator Cuff related and that is one of the most complex segment of our physical anatomy.

Physical therapy is the well-trodden route. All shoulder treatments start there. We are not talking about trips to the gym — that won’t help. Rotator cuff is small and serves a variety of functions. Typical physical therapy includes gentle pressing with the hand.

PRP Injections Vs Shoulder Surgery

PRP Injections Vs Shoulder Surgery

Once it’s clear that physical therapy alone cannot help, you have the following options:

1. Surgery
2. Anti-inflammatory drug therapy
3. Steroid (cortisone) injections
4. PRP Injections

Of the 4, PRP Injections are the most natural and most side-effect-free treatment.

For shoulders, PRP is done with the help of local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. Though PRP is relatively easy procedure, prior to administering that, the entire shoulder must be carefully examined by an expert physician to determine the root cause of the problem.

The good thing about PRP is that healing is fast, (surgery can take months to heal) and there’s no side effects (surgeries are uncertain and might cause residual pain.)

Even better, PRPs can be administered any number of times since it’s our body’s own platelets we’re injecting.

Many a surgery has been avoided by PRP this way.

PRP Injection For Shoulder Injury: What You Must Know

Here’s a beautiful infographic that you can keep handy to educate your patients about important shoulder injury facts.

PRP Injection for Shoulder

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