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?

Shoulder 

Rotator cuff tendonitis and partial tears 

Rotator cuff repair 

Cartilage defects and early arthritis 

Slap lesions 

Wrist and hand 

Ligament sprains 

TFCC 

Elbow 

Lateral epicondylitis

Medial epicondylitis 

Hip and back 

Facet joint arthritis 

Sacroiliac joint 

Hip girdle muscle pain 

Hamstring tendonitis 

Knee 

Patellar tendonitis 

Ligament issues 

Cartilage defects of the knee 

Ankle and Foot 

Plantar fasciitis 

Achilles tendonitis 

Ankle sprains 

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 

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