Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP injections involve extracting the patient’s own blood is extracted and spun down in a centrifuge to separate the components. The platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then harvested and injected into the injury site to facilitate healing. Platelets have been safely used in many fields including sports medicine, orthopaedics, cosmetics, fasciomaxillary and urology.
What is PRP?
Blood contains plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are small discoid cells with a life span of about 7-10 days. Inside platelets contain granules which contain clotting and growth factors. During the healing process, the platelets are activated and aggregate together. They then release the granules which contain growth factors which stimulate the inflammatory cascade and healing process.
Blood typically contains 6% platelets whereas PRP has a significantly increased supra-physiological platelet concentration. Although this level can vary depending on the method of extraction and equipment, studies have shown that clinical benefit can be obtained if the PRP used has an increased platelet concentration of 4x greater than normal blood.
What tendon injuries can be treated with PRP?
PRP can be injected into:
Tennis elbow (common extensor tendinosis)
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinosis)
What muscle injuries can be treated with PRP?
PRP can be injected into the:
What other injuries can be treated with PRP?
PRP can also be used in:
Knee MCL tears
PRP at Endovascular WA
Dr Nadkarni performs PRP injections at our Claremont clinic. First, a consultation will take place where he will assess the injury and the patient’s medical history then a treatment plan will be proposed. It is usually recommended that patient’s undergo three treatments at least one week apart of PRP to see effective results.
For more information, please contact us on (08) 9284 2900
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