What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that can stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.

 

What is in the Platelet Rich Plasma solution?

Platelet Rich Plasma is prepared by drawing your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. The concentrated serum containing the growth factors and autologous platelets are then separated and injected into the treatment area.

 

Does it hurt?

Local anesthetic is used to numb the area before treatment. Some patients experience discomfort during the treatment but many do not. After the anesthetic wears off the treated area will be more sore than usual. If you are experience a higher than normal levels of post-treatment discomfort please contact our office at 206-729-6100 for home treatments to help alleviate soreness.

 

How long is the recovery time?

Most patients can expect to be back to their normal level of activity in 2-3 days.

 

How many treatments will I need?

Some patients see relief with only one treatment, but most frequently treatments are done in a series. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments are scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.

 

Is Platelet Rich Plasma covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, Platelet Rich Plasma is a non-covered service.

How much does it cost?

Treatment costs vary depending on the area of the body being treated. Please call the office at 206-729-6100 for a detailed estimate.

 

What can I expect at my first visit?

At your first visit the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam and make treatment recommendations. Please wear comfortable clothing and allot one hour for your appointment.

 

I need to change my appointment, what do I do?

Please email hello@vitaliahealth.com or call the clinic at 206-729-6100. You must give 24 hours notice to avoid a $50.00 fee.

 

Where do I park?

There is a lot directly in front of our building. The parking is paid and you can pay at the green kiosk in front of the 1800 building.

 

Do I need an xray, ultrasound, MRI first?

If you already have images please bring them in! Otherwise the doctor will order the imaging if necessary.

 

Can I pay my bill online?

At this time only patients of Dr. Geiger can pay online. For patients of Dr. Forwell please mail a check or call in to the office at 206-729-6100.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, local checks, and all major credit and debit cards.

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a orthopedic procedure where a natural irritant is injected with a thin needle next to a site where soft tissue (ligament, tendon, or muscle) have torn away from the bone. This encourages inflammation which in turn capitalizes on the body’s natural healing responses.

 

What is in the Prolotherapy solution?

The natural irritant used in our office is typically dextrose. The doctors occasionally include other injectable medications in the solutions, such as testosterone or Sarapin, to further encourage healing.

 

Does it hurt?

Local anesthetic is used to numb the area before treatment. Some patients experience discomfort during the treatment but many do not. After the anesthetic wears off the treated area will be more sore than usual. If you are experience a higher than normal level of post-treatment discomfort please contact our office at 206-729-6100 for home treatments to help alleviate soreness.

 

How long is the recovery time?

Most patients can expect to be back to their normal level of activity in 2-3 days.

 

How many treatments will I need?

Some patients see relief with only one treatment, but most frequently treatments are done in a series. Prolotherapy treatments are scheduled 6 weeks apart.

 

Is Prolotherapy covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, no. Prolotherapy is a non-covered service.

 

How much does it cost?

Treatment costs vary depending on the area of the body being treated. Please call the office at 206-729-6100 for a detailed estimate.