PRP Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We are currently scheduling on Thursdays only.
BUT, we don’t take everyone. Dr. Hauser and his staff decide on a case-by-case basis for each patient, to make sure we’re the right fit (please keep reading the FAQ’s). When you’re ready to find out, fill out the Contact Form or call the office and speak with Jill, the Office Manager.
Our PRP focuses on:
Shoulder: Rotator cuff tendinitis or tear, rotator cuff impingement syndrome or bursitis, bicipital tendinitis, labrum tear, arthritis, instability
Elbow/wrist/hand: Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, , , arthritis, other wrist and finger tendinitis, Carpal tunnel
Knee: Patellar tendinitis, partially torn or strained major ligaments of knee (/LCL/MCL), meniscus tears, chondromalacia, arthritis, instability
Ankle: Achilles tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis, ankle sprain, instability, other foot or ankle tendinitis
Other: Muscle strains, trigger points, Chronic pain due to arthritis or injury
We do NOT treat: Nerves, Nerve roots, spinal discs
UPCOMING Therapies: In the near future, we hope to offer aesthetics such as vampire facials and hair restoration. If you’re interested in these, please let Jill know and we will put you on our wait list.
We do accept HSA (Health Savings Accounts), Flexible Spending Accounts, and credit card payments.
Unfortunately, PRP isn’t covered by insurance or Medicare/Medicaid and is considered an out of pocket expense.
Most insurance carriers deem PRP as investigational and therefore won’t pay. Many patients find the out of pocket cost well worth the investment in trying to reduce pain and disability
Dr. Hauser sees adults 18 and older.
Your first appointment includes an initial consultation with Dr. Hauser and review of your prior radiology imaging studies (Dr. Hauser is also a Board certified Radiologist). If no contraindications, PRP will be performed immediately after the consultation.
Prices vary depending on the number of injections and the number of sites.
Discounts are offered if more than 1 body part requires treatment at the same time. Please call Jill for further information.
If you need to cancel or re-schedule your appointment, please let us know 2 business days in advance.
Those who cancel or re-schedule their appointment less than 2 business days in advance will be charged $300.
We accept cash, credit cards, health savings credit cards and flex spending credit cards. We do not accept personal checks.
Need a payment plan? We offer Care Credit! It’s a health credit card that gives you 6 to 12 months to pay off with no interest.
Details including a video here or ask us!
Yes, please! After making an appointment with Hauser Health, we will email a link to the new client paperwork with easy-to-understand instructions. Let us know if you have any problems filling out the forms.
Your New Patient Paperwork will already be filled out!
To make for the most efficient use of your time with the doctor, it is a good idea to be prepared with a list of questions and issues you wish to discuss. Also, if you have previous lab results (within the last 3 months) and reports from previous physicians, which you feel are pertinent, please bring copies of these with you to your initial visit.
If you are taking supplements or prescription medicines, these should be documented when you are filling out your New Patient Paperwork- no need to bring them to your appointment!
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Please note that PRP is currently only offered on Thursdays
Call Jill atand she will provide you with the earliest available times.
Yes! We offer Care Credit. It’s a health credit card that gives you 6 to 12 months to pay off with no interest.
Details including a video here or ask us!
The sample is taken, and treatment given, during the same appointment.
The PRP treatment is prepared while you are waiting using state-of-the-art equipment in the office!
Surprisingly little. The doctor will normally draw 10 to 20 milliliters of your blood, using a standard procedure (just like drawing blood at LabCorp).
For the blood draw, it’s generally very quick and fairly comfortable, as our doctor has many years experience in taking blood samples. If desired, we can use a numbing cream or spray.
While everyone’s pain tolerances vary, patients at Hauser health typically report very mild discomfort with PRP injections. A needle is used to draw blood from a vein in the arm initially and then a small needle is used to perform the actual injection(s).
A small sample of blood is taken from the patient. It has to be their own blood (autologous). This means that not only is there no risk of transmissible infectious agents but also no risk of immune rejection.
The blood sample is then prepared using a centrifuge and special tubes, which spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other blood components to create a preparation which is very highly concentrated with healing platelets.
No. Cortisone injections are a synthetic corticosteroid that are injected in the joints or areas of soft tissue to reduce pain and inflammation. While cortisone injections in limited amounts can be helpful, they do not alter the underlying cause (disease process) and therefore often have to be repeated. There are many documented risks of having “too much cortisone” and suppression of the immune system. PRP involves using the patient’s own blood which contain natural growth factors that promote regeneration of tissue and decreased inflammation. PRP is aimed at being a curative treatment, whereas cortisone is not. PRP does not carry the same side effects as cortisone.
A consultation is required before any treatment may take place. The consultation includes a comprehensive review of your complaints, medical history and a thorough examination will be conducted. Diagnostic studies will be reviewed and/or ordered at the time of the consultation to determine the cause of your complaint(s). Once a diagnosis is established, Dr. Hauser will discuss treatment options with you including if you are a candidate for PRP. Often, other non-surgical treatments may be tried first. PRP is often just one element of a comprehensive treatment program.
This is no universal answer to this question. Typically 1 to 3 injections. Much of this depends on the chronicity and location of your problem. Some patients can successfully be treated with one injection while others require multiple injections over a time period to eliminate or reduce pain to an acceptable level.
Depending on the number of areas being treated, most procedures will be completed in 30 – 45 minutes.
The answer to this is simple. PRP does not “mask” your pain and other symptoms like pain medication. If PRP has helped you, you will notice a difference in your overall pain level and function. Some patients may see an increase in overall pain levels initially, but as the healing process occurs, symptoms are expected to resolve gradually over the course of 4 to 6 weeks on average. Much depends on the patient’s overall level of health, age, diet, and activity levels. For some patients, repeat treatments may be needed.
This is different for everyone. Much depends on the underlying disease process and whether there have been a recurrent injury to the affected area. It is impossible to predict if and when further treatments will be needed for a specific condition. In some cases, patients do come back months or years later for repeat PRP injections.
As with any type of injection, there is a small risk of infection, injury to blood vessels and risk of bleeding. There is a small risk of injury to a tendon or ligament when injected. While not truly considered a side effect, some patients may experience increased pain or discomfort for a temporary period following the treatment. If you have been ill or running fever, it is advisable to discuss this with the physician before considering this type of treatment.
The success rate of PRP therapy varies considerably. Much depends of the condition being treated, health status of the patient, age, and treatment protocol. Success is also highly subjective and dependent on the patient’s perception. Success rates reported in the literature have been largely anecdotal. PRP success in the treatment of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) has been reported in up to 80-90% in some studies, Achilles tendonitis 70-80% and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) 60-70%.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Pain duration of 3-6 months or longer
- Persistent pain despite physical therapy, activity modification, NSAIDs
- Wishes to pursue alternative to surgical treatment
Severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection or active cancers are all contra-indications.