Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
PRP - Regenerative Injection Therapy
Promotes healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
What is PRP?
PRP uses the patient's own blood for healing muscle, tendon and ligament injuries and is an innovative treatment in sports and orthopaedic medicine that uses your own blood for healing.
When dealing with injured tissue the human body will go through a range of inter-related processes for healing. When an injury occurs – thrombocytes are activated.
Once activated the thrombocytes release growth factors to target the area of injury and commence the process of healing. This effect can be enhanced further when the blood inside the human body is properly modified.
Research has shown significant increased levels of thrombocytes and growth factors when using the PRP injection method, with many confirming its positive influence on nullifying pain and allowing a better healing process.
We can now offer this treatment at the Biomechanix Clinic
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What is the Process?
Before starting a course of Platelet-Rich Plasma injections we advise the patient that any anti inflammatory medications should be stopped at least 10 days prior to the first injection.
First we draw a blood sample, taken from a vein in the arm from the patient under strict sterile conditions. The blood sample is then spun down in a centrifuge machine that spins and separates the platelets. The concentrated platelets are then removed from the spun blood and can be used to inject into the areas that are inflamed.
The PRP is rich in anti-inflammatory cells and contains a high concentration of your own body growth factors which are injected into your injured tissue and initiates your body's natural healing response. The platelets need to be activated to release the healing growth factors, and this usually happens when they come into contact with the damaged tissue
The whole procedure takes about 45 minutes, with most of this time spent preparing the platelets for injection. No specific restrictions on activity are necessary after the injection, but we certainly do not recommend that patients be any more active than they are usually. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
While PRP can be injected as a single injection, patients are reviewed after 4 weeks or so to evaluate the response, it is recommended to complete a course of 3 to get the full benefits.
Who Would be Suitable for PRP?
PRP can be used to treat conditions that arise as a result of inflammation or as an adjunct to help tissue to heal. Typical inflammatory conditions that may be treated include early osteoarthritis, runners knee and swelling following recent injury.
It has also shown to be effective as an adjunct to surgery in aiding tissue to heal such as meniscal repairs and ACL reconstructions.
PRP treatment, it is considered a relatively lowrisk treatment with the potential to improve or speed up healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a nextgeneration innovative treatment in sports and orthopaedic medicine commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Foot, Ankle
- Cartilage Defects / Injuries (Osteochondral Defect)
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- Pelvic Pain and Instability
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Ankle Sprains
- Ligament Sprains
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Muscle Tears