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Feb 19, 2022

TRICARE Patients Now Qualify for PRP Injections

What do you need to know about the Provisional Coverage Program from TRICARE?

Under a provisions coverage program, TRICARE announced that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections are approved for a fiver-year period (Effective Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2024).

TRICARE may cover PRP injections if you're diagnosed with:

  • Mild to moderate chronic osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Lateral epicondylitis, also known as "tennis elbow"

Pre-authorization may be required for services and supplies in the program. It doesn't matter which TRICARE plan you're using. Provisional coverage for any approved service or supply can last up to five years, but may end before five years with timely notification of when it will end. There is also a chance that this service becomes a permanent TRICARE benefit.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment that promotes healing without surgery. Platelets are a specialized type of blood cells that are involved in injury healing. With PRP, a concentrated platelet solution is injected into the injured area to stimulate healing.

There are numerous clinical studies showing PRP promotes healing in a variety of orthopedic injuries, and may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments, such as long-term medications or surgery.

How do you know where to place the cells?

We use musculoskeletal ultrasound to identify the injured tendon, ligament or joint. Ultrasound is then used to guide the needle for the injection.

Why Boston Sports & Biologics?

Dr. Sussman is published in peer-review journals on the use of
regenerative medicine and platelet rich plasma injection, including on the role of rehabilitation after regenerative injections. Boston Sports & Biologics has experience working with TRICARE to get these injections approved.

Learn more about PRP

PRP for Tennis Elbow

One of the best-studied treatments for tennis elbow is platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP is performed in the office, involves taking blood from a vein in the arm, concentrating the platelets in a centrifuge and injecting the PRP in to the tears within the tendon.

Unlike cortisone injections, PRP should not wear off and will hopefully heal the tendon. Learn more here.

Not all PRP Treatments are the Same

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments can be used to help managed osteoarthritis pain and tendon injury. The use of PRP is becoming increasingly common in medical practice, but not all PRP is the same. Learn more here.

To schedule a consultation and learn if you are a candidate, call to schedule with Dr. Sussman at:

(781) 591-7855

20 Walnut St

Suite 14

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

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