PRP therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma therapy), also known as Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) therapy, takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone.
The main aim of this treatment is to reduce pain, improve joint function and potentially slow, halt or even repair damage to cartilage. It is well used in Sport Medicine and helps patients regain activity by effectively reducing pain and improving mobility. This simple outpatient treatment may help you recover from a painful sports Injury or chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and tendinitis.
What areas can be treated?
Overuse injuries and injuries of tendons:
- Tennis-elbow, golfer’s elbow
- Patellar tendonitis
- Achilles tendon irritation
- Tendonitis rotator cuff shoulder
- Runners Knee
Overuse injuries and injuries to muscles:
- Muscle strain
- Muscle contusion
- Torn muscle fibre
- Torn muscle bundle
PRP is an effective and well researched treatment. If you are currently in rehabilitation or being treated for a sports injury PRP may be extremely effective as it supports your body’s self-healing processes by using your own cells. The treatment reduces pain and can help you get back to normal activity levels quickly.
How it works
The healing of injured or inflamed tissue involves a complex and precisely regulated series of natural processes within the body. Thrombocytes (platelets) play an important role in this process. At the site of injury they release growth factors that initiate the restoration of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes. PRP therapy is based on our understanding of these complex processes. With its high concentration of growth factors PRP injections support the body’s self-healing processes.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient clinic.
- Blood is drawn from a vein in the arm
- A separation procedure extracts and concentrates the desired body substances (ACP Autologous Conditioned Plasma)
- These substances are injected into the affected region
The treatment is generally administered three to four times per week at weekly intervals. Since the treatment is prepared from the patient’s own blood, the treatment carries a low risk.
If you would like to find out more about our PRP Treatments, or book an appointment to see one of our consultants please ring 0330 2233332