Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an advanced regenerative therapy that uses the patient’s own blood components to help rebuild damaged tissue. Upon blood drawing into a sterile tube (in the same manner as a standard blood test) and derived separation, a concentration of platelets is formed in the plasma. The platelet concentrate is a source for growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the healing process.
How does PRP therapy work?
Blood will be taken from you and then placed in a machine that spins at high speed to separate the different types of blood cells. The doctor will extract the platelet rich part of the blood, mix it with local anaesthetic and inject this into the area of your injury under ultrasound guidance to ensure the therapy hits the right target. The entire process to prepare your blood takes about 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors at the site of injury by up to 500% (you will have five times the normal number of platelets/growth factors). By having a PRP injection, we aim to stimulate your body’s ability to heal chronic conditions like tendon problems and joint wear and tear.
What are the potential benefits of treatment?
The main benefit is that patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This treatment may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function and a much shorter recovery time.
A major advantage of this treatment is that no foreign substance is used – we use the patient’s own growth factors from his or her own blood - so there is no risk of any disease transmission.
Main PRP applications in Sport and orthopaedic medicine
How many treatments will I need?
Your doctor will examine you and guide a personalised treatment regime. Typically, individuals undergo 1-3 injections within a 6 month window
How long will the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes around 30-40 minutes. Most of this time is spent separating the PRP from your blood sample, discussing the procedure and ultrasound scanning the affected area. The PRP will be injected into the joint by ultrasound guided injection.
At Pro Sports Medicine, we provide the most advanced, cutting edge injection therapies available in sport, exercise and musculoskeletal medicine. The Sports Doctor provides each injection via ultrasound guidance to ensure the whole treatment is targeted upon the specific focus of your symptoms. We only offer ultrasound-guided injections to ensure the gold standard of care is provided to our patients.
The Sports Doctor or physiotherapist will discuss which injection they feel is best suited to your problem and together, you can plan the best treatment going forward. Injection therapy options include;