Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
A biological approach to heal, regenerate and repair orthopaedic pathologies.
It is a safe, effective and non-aggressive alternative.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an advanced regenerative therapy that uses patients’ own blood components to help rebuild damaged tissue.
This plasma concentrate is the source for growth factors essential for tissue haemostasis and regeneration, development of new blood vessels and other related health healing process. It is a proven technology for using your own cells to accelerate body’s natural healing process.
How does this (PRP) work?
A sample of blood is taken, it is centrifuged to separate plasma from blood. This plasma contains concentrated platelets which help and facilitate natural healing process through release of growth factors and other regenerative molecules.
What are the benefits of PRP?
PRP treatment is suitable for injured tendons and ligament ligaments. PRP promotes rapid soft and hard tissue regeneration and accelerate healing of connective tissue. In sports medicine PRP enhances the recovery of athletes with varied injuries to improve tissue healing and reduce pain.
What conditions can it be used for?
Rotator cuff tendonitis and partial tears
Rotator cuff repair
Cartilage defects and early arthritis
Wrist and hand
Hip and back
Facet joint arthritis
Hip girdle muscle pain
Cartilage defects of the knee
Ankle and Foot
How many treatments will I need?
You will be examined and a recommend treatment regime will be offered. The course varies between 2-6 but usually requires 3 injections within 6 months. A minimum period of 2-4 weeks is required between injections. follow up treatment may be required for long lasting results.
Will I definitely benefit from this treatment?
As with any treatment modality it benefits only a proportion of people.
Can this therapy be given to any person?
No, it is contraindicated in pregnancy, breastfeeding, autoimmune or blood pathologies and cancer. The use of nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) drugs like diclofenac or ibuprofen is restricted. It should be stopped seven days prior to and five weeks after the injection.
How soon can I return to regular physical activities?
This treatment is designed to promote long term healing, as the synthesis of new collagen tissue regeneration and tendons and ligaments repaired takes time. And it should accompany with a course of physical therapy.
What are the side effects?
Adverse reactions are rare, but you may experience slight redness swelling mild bruising and increased pain these symptoms usually pass within a week. The other side effects could be due to insertion of needle which includes infection, bruising and a very small risk of nerve damage.
Platelets release various growth factors includes
Fibroblast growth factor
Platelet derived growth factor
Vascular endothelial growth factor
Epithelial growth factor
Transforming growth factor beta
Insulin like growth factor