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Torn RC and Labrum - PRP and IRAP Treatment?


#1

I’ve got an injured right shoulder: torn rotator cuff and torn labrum. Got the MRI back in Feb 17 to confirm it (all from overuse). The tears are not too significant - Drs thought PT could fix it all and that surgery would not be needed. Been in PT since then and continually tapering off workouts until I find myself doing what feels like 90% LESS of what I am used to. The pain has gotten worse (I won’t even talk about the depression!) and I met with 2 different Ortho Drs who recommended PRP and IRAP blood treatment. Mostly what I hear from PTs and Dr’s is “lots of times it helps, but sometimes we still need to go in with surgery”. I don’t want surgery b/c I am concerned it will create more problems later on. Since no insurance covers it, the cost is $5600 (covers 3 treatments of the PRP/IRAP combo) That’s a lot of $$$ to risk in my world. I can’t find a lot of info online about people who have used this combo and what their recovery was like. Any one out there have any advice?


#2

The uncle I talk to most at family gatherings had the Platelet Rich Plasma treatment for his knee. 4 months later, he was really, really pleased with the results.

He is a life long cattle farmer, who also suffered from overuse/abuse. No super tramatic, acute injuries or anything. He’s a farmer, so you know he was careful before he spent his money, and wouldn’t B.S. about the results.

I don’t know specifically if he used the IRAP treatment or not. I’ll ask, but I’ll need to go through a couple relatives. But if it’s good enough for race horses, it’s probably cool.


#3

Thank you for responding! Good to know. I’m edging towards deciding ‘yes’ on this whole thing. Ha, yes I forgot about it being on horses …