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Platelet Rich Plasma injections
    PRP injections are used to treat musculoskeletal injuries and tendonitis and have been popularized by use in professional athletes (see the NY Times articles in 2009 and 2011). Many medical papers have documented its success and further research is ongoing. PRP is used to treat both new and persistent injuries, and stimulates a healing response that is different than cortisone injections. Often PRP can be used in situations where cortisone injections have been ineffective, and has fewer side effects. It is excellent for patients that want to avoid surgery where other options have failed.
     PRP involves an injection of your own blood to stimulate an immune response, as opposed to cortisone which decreases inflammation. PRP is performed in the office in less than 30 minutes, and the patient can resume most activities. A small amount of blood is drawn and a centrifuge used to separate the blood components. The platelet rich portion and plasma is then injected into the affected area. No anesthesia is required.
     The purpose is to stimulate an immune response by the activation of platelets and their clotting/growth factors. This can accelerate the healing process in an area that is injured or has chronic pain.
     Common conditions treated with PRP injection are: lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow), shoulder tendonitis and bursitis (impingement), achilles tendonitis, and many other injuries. If you are interested, please make an appointment to discuss the potential benefits of PRP therapy. 
     Dr. Lewis has considerable experience with PRP injections and this is offered for appropriate patients after an interview and exam. Medicare and insurances do not cover the charge for PRP, as such it is a cash pay procedure.



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