Your surgeon may recommend an injection to help diagnose or treat your condition. There are a variety of injections available. Click the links below for information on injections that may be recommended. Please read through the information carefully and follow the given instructions if you will be receiving an injection.
(Note: we have also included information on stem cell injections given that this topic frequently comes up. Currently we do not recommend stem cell injections).
PRP is an injection of your own blood. Specifically, a vial of blood is drawn from one of your veins, and then spun down in a centrifuge to separate it into layers. The layer rich in platelets and growth factors is then injected into the affected area. This may help and speed up the healing process. You may be referred to another physician in Regina or Saskatoon for consideration of a PRP injection. You will have to pay out of pocket for this injection, as it is not covered by our health care system. The cost is usually $400-800 depending on what area is being injected.
Patients occasionally ask about stem cells. Stem cells are cells in the body that are capable of differentiating into (i.e. turning into) essentially any type of cell, to help regenerate normal tissues, such as bone, cartilage, tendons or ligaments. Generally, they are harvested from your bone marrow (usually your pelvis), and injected into the problematic area. The average cost is approximately $5000-7000. Although stem cells may hold promise for the future, there is currently not enough evidence (suggesting stem cell injections work) for our office to recommend this procedure. If you do decide to get this injection done on your own, we strongly recommends you research it and ensure you are receiving it from a reputable source.