What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. PRP is created through concentrating the platelets (proteins) from your body by spinning blood in a centrifuge.
What are the benefits?
Platelets have been shown to release growth factors, which promote and accelerate the healing process. Growth factors released from the platelets accelerate connective tissue repair of tendons, ligaments and cartilage.
What conditions are treated with PRP?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury that has failed to respond to treatment, then PRP could be the answer. PRP is considered a good alternative to surgery for many chronic tendon problems. PRP has also been shown to promote cartilage growth and slow the progression of osteoarthritis symptoms.
Conditions currently treated include:
What are the alternatives?
Most tendon injuries improve given time and a progressive strengthening programme. Shockwave therapy is a highly effective treatment option for tendon injuries. If treating osteoarthritis, the alternatives include anti-inflammatory medication corticosteroid injections, hyaluronic injections and exercise.
What happens during the procedure?
A small sample of blood is taken and spun for 9 minutes in a specialist centrifuge. The platelets will be drawn into a specialist syringe ready for the injection. A diagnostic ultrasound scan will locate the exact area to be injected.
It is common to have mild discomfort for 24-48 hours after the injection. A typical course of treatment involves 2-3 injections at monthly intervals to give the best results.
What are the risks?
PRP is a natural healing technique so no medication is used. PRP is a very safe treatment with no serious side effects reported in studies. The risks are very rare but include infection (as with any type of injection), temporary increase in pain and minor bruising.