How can The Regenerative Clinic help?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as autologous conditioned plasma, takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. It can reduce pain, improve joint function and helps you quickly return to normal activities.
PRP supports your body’s self-healing processes by using your own cells. Blood is mostly liquid (called plasma) but also contains solid component including red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets are important for clotting blood but they also contain proteins called growth factors which are important in the healing of injuries.
With a higher concentration of growth factors than typically found in blood, PRP injections support the restoration of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes.
This treatment is widely researched and supported in clinical papers. See our PRP evidence section.
What is bursitis?
It is important to have it correctly diagnosed as it can sometimes be confused with:
What can cause bursitis?
Everyone is potentially at risk of bursitis but some groups may be at a higher risk, see below:
Where can bursitis occur?
There are 150 bursae in the human body acting as cushions between tendons, muscles and joints. Any bursa can become inflamed, but bursitis often occurs in the:
The subacromial bursa is the most common to become inflamed of the shoulder bursa. Subacromial bursitis is a common cause of shoulder pain that is commonly related to shoulder impingement of the bursa between your rotator cuff tendons and bone (acromion). A less common shoulder bursitis is your subdeltoid bursa.
The olecranon bursa is the thin fluid-filled sac located at the boney tip of the elbow (the olecranon). The olecranon bursa is normally flat but when it becomes irritated or inflamed, more fluid accumulates causing visible swelling.
Although the knee contains up to 11 bursae, the most common bursa to become inflamed is the prepatellar bursa which lies in front of the patella. It is commonly known as ‘housemaids knee’ as it is a condition associated with those who work for extensive periods kneeling.
Hip bursitis most often involves the bursa that covers the greater trochanter of the femur (the most prominent part of the side of the hip), although the iliopsoas bursa can also become inflamed.
Other areas that commonly suffer with bursitis are buttocks, thighs and ankles.
What are the treatment options?
Bursitis can heal on its own with no intervention, however if symptoms are impacting your quality of life and it is not responding to conservative treatments it is advisable to treat with injections to help symptoms and enhance the recovery. Conservative treatment options includes rest, anti-inflammatory medications, analgesia, physiotherapy and local steroid injections. However, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy injections are a much more effective treatment for bursitis.
Bursitis clinical evidence
Background: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is more effective than cortisone for chronic severe hip bursitis, according to a study presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).