Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a cutting edge injection therapy which is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis and injuries such as tendinitis. It works by using the body’s own natural healing processes. PRP has been shown to be safe and effective in treating many conditions of the joints and soft tissues. At Life Fit Wellness we use the leading Arthrex© ACP® System. The procedure involves taking a small sample of the patients own blood in a special syringe which is then spun at high speed in a centrifuge which separates the blood plasma from red blood cells. The plasma layer is rich in platelets which release growth factors that promote repair within affected tissues. The plasma is then drawn into a separate syringe using a clever system which then allows it to be injected to the affected area using ultrasound-guidance for a targeted treatment effect.
PRP injections have been shown to be safe and effective in many conditions and with an ever-growing body of scientific evidence to support its use. It is most commonly used in:
- Tendon tears
However, it can be applied in a wide variety of conditions affecting the muscles, tendons and bones of the limbs. Some of the most common conditions PRP is used to treat include:
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Tennis elbow
- Achilles tendinitis
- Patellar tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis and tears
This is not an exclusive list and PRP can be applied to a wide range of conditions and regions of the body. If you are not sure whether you are suitable for PRP then please contact the clinic or complete the patient enquiry form here. There have been no reported incidents of serious adverse effects and should injections be beneficial, they can safely be repeated without any detrimental effects to tissue health.
Most people can receive PRP injections, however those with blood disorders, receiving anticoagulation (blood thinning) therapy, have anaemia or are pregnant should not have PRP injections.
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