PRP Joint and Soft Tissues Injections
PRP is an innovative treatment that can stimulate a strong and long-lasting healing and pain-relieving response when injected into an injured part of the body. It has most commonly been used in treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Clinical studies have reported pain relief and improved function for over a year in patients who are on the waiting list for total knee replacement. Sports injuries as well as degenerative joint or tendon conditions can be successfully treated with PRP.
Platelets consist of special proteins called growth factors and cytokines, which help with our body's healing process and provide pain relief. PRP has a high concentration of plasma and platelets. PRP consists of approximately 5-10 times the concentration of growth factors and cytokines found in normal blood. Thus, PRP stimulates the regeneration of tissues including tendons, ligaments and cartilage, with an associated reduction in pain.
Platelets are normal blood components, and alone do not have any restorative or healing properties rather they secrete substances called growth factors and other proteins that regulate cell division, stimulate tissue regeneration and promote healing. Platelets also help the blood to clot after cut.
A sample of blood is taken from a vein in your arm. The blood sample is then placed in a machine called a centrifuge and spun at high speed to separate the various constituents of blood. The layer containing the plasma and platelets is isolated and withdrawn. The PRP is then injected into the injured / damaged tissue / joint.