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Wed, Mar 27 8:07am · Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I wanted to mention I recently found out from a friend that the VA Hospital in my state is covering PRP injections. I cannot say for certain this is true, but if any veterans are aware, please let me know if that is the case. Thank you.

Mon, Mar 18 7:36am · Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees in Bones, Joints & Muscles

HI Dee. Sorry to hear about your insurance. Maybe coverage in the near future will change as more and more results are published about the benefits of stem cells and PRP. How long did your PRP injection work for you? Was it a couple of months or longer? Were you still having pain two or three months after your PRP injections? What made you want to have stem cell injections instead of continuing the PRP injections? I will find out in the near future if my knees meet my insurance company's definition of "medical necessity". Wish me good luck!

Fri, Mar 15 11:28am · Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees in Bones, Joints & Muscles

After recently speaking with my insurance company (I do not have Medicare) they will cover for knees the following: stem cells, PRP injections, Hyaluronate Injections, Bone Marrow Aspirate, Botox Injections, and Autologous Cultured Chondrocytes. But these procedures/injections must be proven to be medically necessary by your provider and the patient must meet certain criteria as dictated the insurance company. Anyone can find out what the criteria is and policy of their insurance company by googling some key words i.e., Medical Policy PRP injections CIGNA Kentucky. Or something like Medical Policy Osteoarthritis (name of your carrier) PRP injections, Maryland. These are just a few examples but I believe everyone may get the idea. Here is a link to one I found for Arkansas, Blue Cross Blue Shield. arkansasbluecross.com/members/other_links/coverage_policy.aspx. The CPT code for PRP injections is 0232T. Hope this info helps.

Wed, Mar 13 3:08pm · Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Can someone tell me how long the PRP injections lasted on average? If it only works for 5 or 6 weeks I am not the out of pocket costs are worth it. For me, the methylprednisolone shot only lasted 5 weeks. Now I have to wait until April before I can get another one.

Wed, Mar 13 10:11am · Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thanks for the input win sturgeon. I have a few questions for you. How long ago did you have the treatment? How long did it last, were there any side effects, was it painful, where did you go for treatment, and can you recommend any articles I should read about this treatment? Thanks.

Wed, Mar 13 5:37am · Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi, I am 55 years old and recently diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of both knees, stage 1. From what I have read, the standard treatment of steroid injections, Hyaluronic acid injections do not help a whole lot. Maybe at the most, give someone 3 or 4 months of partial or total relief. What has been the outcome and experiences of those who have had other treatments such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections, Mesenchymal Stem Cells, MSCs, Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, Autologous Cultured Chondrocytes, Botox Injections, and Water-Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation? I am considering doing something else other than the standard treatments which do not seem to offer much hope or relief.