TRICARE now covers PRP for Knee Arthritis & Tennis Elbow

TRICARE now covers PRP for Knee Arthritis & Tennis Elbow

Are you a TRICARE beneficiary suffering from Knee Arthritis or Tennis Elbow? We have great news for you! TRICARE now covers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment for these conditions, offering you an effective non-surgical treatment option for managing your pain and improving your quality of life.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a medical treatment being used for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. Platelet rich plasma refers to a sample of blood plasma that has as much as eight times more than the normal amount of platelets. This treatment enhances the body’s natural ability to repair itself and is used to improve healing and shorten recovery time from acute and chronic soft tissue and joint injuries.

Many famous athletes — PGA’s Tiger Woods, NBA’s Steph Curry, MLB’s Alex Rodriguez, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. This treatment technique is relatively new in the field of sports medicine, but has been gaining popularity quickly. Dr. Meyers has extensive experience with PRP as he has been providing this treatment to patients since 2007.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Plasma is the clear portion of your blood in which all the other blood components – platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells – travel.

Platelets have the ability to recognize damaged blood vessels. When you have a cut, platelets are drawn to the injured area where they begin to stick together to form a plug to stop the bleeding — leading to a scab. A similar process occurs inside the body when you have a broken bone or injury that bleeds internally.

In addition to blood clotting, platelets also have the ability to release “growth factors,” molecules that communicate with other cells in the body to facilitate new cell production and stimulate healing.

In platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment, blood is drawn from your arm and placed into a centrifuge which spins the blood fast enough to separate it into layers. The layer containing the concentrated platelets is collected and will be used for the PRP injection. The blood is ALWAYS HARVESTED FROM YOU, never from another person or donor bank.

The plasma used in PRP is ALWAYS HARVESTED FROM YOU, never from another person or donor bank.

Is PRP Effective?

The main purpose of platelet rich plasma injection is to foster healing where it has not otherwise occurred or to speed up healing as in the case of an acute injury.

When an injury occurs in the body, blood flow is needed to supply the necessary cells and nutrients to drive the healing process. There are certain areas in the body that have very limited blood flow. When injured, these areas with poor blood flow are more difficult to heal than other tissues that have good blood flow. This is especially true of tendons and cartilage including meniscus. So, how can you improve healing potential in tissue that does not have good blood flow? One answer is PRP. Injecting concentrated platelets delivers high volumes of growth factors and proteins that signal and drive your body’s healing response.

Published studies suggest an improvement of 80-85% for many soft tissue injuries. In Dr. Meyers’ experience, PRP for chronic tennis elbow is over 90% successful in resolving pain and being able to return to one’s previous level of function including sports. Similar results can be achieved with patellar tendonitis and other areas of tendon injury. PRP for arthritis has been shown to be more effective for pain and last longer than steroids and viscosupplements such as Synvisc, Euflexxa and Supartz.

For those interested in learning more about how PRP may be able to help you overcome arthritis or other joint pain, I encourage you to request an appointment by completing the “Are You a Candidate” form.

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    Regenerative Medicine Doctor Steve Meyers MD

    Steven J. Meyers, M.D.

    Non-Operative Sports Medicine Physician
    Fellowship Trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine

    Dr. Steve Meyers is a sports medicine physician specializing in the non-operative treatment of all sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. He manages all general orthopedic diagnoses from neck pain to toe pain and all areas in between. He has a special interest in Regenerative Medicine, using one’s own cells to heal damaged tissue and improve pain and function. He also treats acute and chronic athletic/sports injuries in addition to non-operative fracture care. As a former competitive athlete, he understands the desire to return to sport after injury.

    After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Meyers received his MD degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He then completed family practice residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston followed by fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at U.T. Southwestern in Dallas.

    Dr. Meyers also specializes in the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Ultrasound imaging allows him to visualize soft tissue injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles and even direct specific treatment to injured areas.

    My Practice Philosophy

    When I meet a new patient who is curious about how I practice Non-Operative Orthopedics, I tell them that in everything I do, from the first visit through follow up, I will treat them how I would want to be treated myself. As a former competitive athlete and an active adventure seeker today, I know first hand how much life can change with an injury or degenerative issue. My goal is to help your body recover from your injury, avoid re-injury and get you back into the game of life as soon as possible.