Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is also known as Autologus Conditioned Plasma.
PRP 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 help you return quickly to normal activities.
This simple outpatient treatment may help you recover from a painful sports Injury or chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and tendinitis. A list of common conditions PRP can help are below:-
The procedure is performed in our out-patient clinic and can take up to an hour to complete. The 3 main steps of the procedure are outlined below:
The treatment is generally administered at three weekly intervals. Since the treatment is prepared from the patient’s own blood, the treatment carries a low risk.
The number of injections required depends on the injury but can range from two to six injections which are performed at weekly intervals.
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.
Following PRP therapy patients usually experience reduced pain and increased function within four to six weeks but this depends on the treatment area and the extent of the injury.
PRP allows your body to naturally heal. It is beneficial to people who have not responded to other treatments to reduce pain and increase mobility. It provides another option to more invasive treatments such as knee surgery. As healing takes place faster, you can get back to normal activities quicker.
PRP is a safe treatment option and there is no risk of an allergic reaction since it uses your own blood. However because a needle is being place in your body, there is a risk of infection, bleeding and nerve damage but this is very rare.
The Regenerative Clinic’s one stop clinic offers a competitive fixed price diagnostics package to ensure a prompt diagnosis and fast and appropriate treatment. Following your consultation, our specialist will recommend treatment which may include PRP, pain-relieving injections, Shockwave therapy or Lipogems® therapy.
For more information or to book an appointment with one of our consultants, please call 0330 2233332.