Treatments – PRP Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment & Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is also known as Autologous Conditioned Plasma.
PRP takes advantage of your blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. It can reduce pain, improve joint function and help you return quickly to normal activities.
What conditions can be treated?
This simple outpatient treatment may help you recover from a painful sports Injury or chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and tendinitis. A list of common conditions PRP can help are below:-
o Shoulder Arthritis
o Hip Arthritis
o Knee Arthritis
o Ankle Arthritis
o Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear
o Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
o Runners Knee/Jumpers Knee
o Plantar Fasciitis
o Achilles Tendonitis
o Muscle Strain, Contusion and Torn Muscle Fibre
o Lower Back Pain
The procedure is performed in our out-patient clinic and can take up to an hour to complete. The 3 main steps of the procedure are outlined below:
o Blood sample is drawn from a vein in your arm
o Your sample is spun in a centrifuge machine which separates the desired components
o The concentration of platelets is injected into your treatment site
The treatment is generally administered at three weekly intervals. Since the treatment is prepared from your own blood, the treatment carries a low risk.
The number of injections required depends on the injury but can range from two to six injections which are performed at weekly intervals.
PRP technology is the most advanced autologous therapy. It is based on the activation of your own platelets for the stimulation and acceleration of tissue healing and regeneration. It is scientifically effective and safe, with over one hundred scientific articles published in specialised journals and its presentation at hundreds of congresses.
How It Works
PRP supports your body’s self-healing processes by using your own cells. Blood is mostly liquid (called plasma) but also contains solid component including red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets are important for clotting blood but they also contain proteins called growth factors which are important in the healing of injuries.
With a higher concentration of growth factors than typically found in blood, PRP injections support the restoration of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes.