Irwin Abraham, MD -- Sports Medicine -- 274 Madison Ave #906, New York NY 10016 -- 212-726-9066 (Madison Ave), 516-935-2067 (Hicksville)
FAQ
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Office hours:
Monday through Friday: 9-5 P.M.

1. What insurance do you take?
Insurance coverage is for Aetna, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, Oxford, Medicare, worker's compensation and No-fault. We are out-of-network for all other insurances. You may get reimbursement for some of the fee directly from your insurance company. Note: Neither Prolotherapy or PRP are covered by any insurance company in the United States.

2. Do you accept credit cards?
We accept most credit cards, cash, or checks at the time of service.

3. Who is in your office?
Dr. Abraham has a solo medical practice located within the Aspire Center for Health and Wellness. The Aspire Center includes a physical therapy group as well as other services.

4. If I call, who will speak with me?
The office staff will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our practice, making appointments, or prolotherapy itself. If you call and we cannot answer the phone then, leave your name, phone number, and the best time to call you back.

5. What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is the injection of a growth stimulation substance to initiate the body's own healing. For us, Prolotherapy is usually dextrose (same as your own sugar in your body) but more concentrated along with some local anesthetic. Prolotherapy is similar to having a cut at the skin. The damage to the tissue produces a signal for the healing cells to come in and repair the skin. Tendons and ligaments have poor blood supply and generally poor healing ability. Prolotherapy jump starts their healing process.

6. Is prolotherapy done at the first visit?
No, the initial visit is a consultation appointment to conduct an exam, answer the patient’s questions, discuss treatment options, and determine if prolotherapy is a reasonable choice for them.

7. Does prolotherapy painful?
Prolotherapy is a set of injections. Some discomfort will occur during and after a session of injections. We work to relax each patient and to work within their tolerance for discomfort. We use various relaxation techniques. Sometimes a patient will have a stronger than usual fear of injections in which case visits for training to decrease the experience of pain will be conducted before any injection.

8. Do you use many steroid or cortisone injections?
Rarely.

9. How often would I need prolotherapy injections?
A session of injections is followed by an interval of six weeks as the healing process commences. Prolotherapy produces new growth of tissue and this usually takes 4 - 6 weeks before you will see significant improvement. If more injections are needed, it is recommended to do them every six weeks. 

10. What if I don't want prolotherapy? What else can you do?
Manipulations (controlled movement of a body part by the doctor) or injections of steroid or local anesthetic for decreasing pain. Another option is the injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate healing. Dr. Abraham also works closely with a number of local physical therapists, particularly those at the Aspire Center.