Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP as it is commonly known is a non-surgical regenerative therapy whereby a patient’s own plasma is injected back into the body to help enable the body to ‘self heal’.
The injection is a mixture of concentrated platelets that promote a natural healing immune response. Once injected, macrophages, specialized white blood cells, rush in to remove damaged cells and prepare tissue for healing.
“PRP injections have been shown to relieve acute and chronic pain and accelerate healing of injured tissues and joints.”
The process is quick and simple. A sample of blood is taken from the patient, this blood is then put through a spinning process using a centrifuge to separate the red cell, serum and buffy coat. The buffy coat contains platelets and white blood cells.
Using ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to gain direct visualization of the injured area the physician can diagnose the source of pain and accurately administer the PRP into the patient.
Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Regenerative therapy:
- Enables the body to heal itself
- Drug free pain relief option
- Safe with very low risk of any side effects
Pain Conditions PRP is commonly used to heal:
Platelet Rich Plasma has shown to be exceptionally effective for soft tissue injuries, muscle tears and ligament damage as well as a range of conditions including:
- Tendon Injuries
- Joint Osteoarthrosis
- Intervertebral Disc injuries
- Nerve Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
Using the patients own autologous blood, PRP is safe with low risk of side effects and is free from transmissible diseases.
This treatment is not covered by many insurances and is thus offered to qualifying patients on a self pay basis.