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What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP therapy is a clinic based, non-surgical procedure
that involves taking a patient’s blood and using a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate a platelet rich solution. The platelets are the cells in our body that contain nutrients and growth factors, which stimulate the normal wound healing process, e.g. the same way that your skin heals after a scrape. With PRP, we extract a very high concentration of platelets from your own blood ,this concentrated PRP is rich in a patient’s own natural healing and grown factors. It is then injected back into the injured tissue to help accelerate healing, reduce pain and increase functionality.


Tendon Tears | Ligament Tears | Bone Healing | Bone Wound | Inflammatory Pathology | Orthotics Joint Healing

prp procedure can replace expensive surgeries

Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure

As your own (autologous) blood is used to prepare the PRP, blood is first collected by venesection, the same procedure used in blood tests or blood donations. The site of the venesection is usually a large vein in your elbow. PRP procedure has proven to be effective in these areas:

Tendon Tears | Ligament Tears | Bone Healing | Bone Wound | Inflammatory Pathology | Orthotics Joint Healing

This blood will then be spun down in a centrifuge to separate the components. The process takes 5 minutes. The platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then harvested and there are a variety of different ways this can be done. Some of these methods use commercially available kits which can add to the cost.

Depending on your injury, up to 8 cc of PRP will then be extracted from the centrifuged blood. The PRP will then be injected into your injury with or without the use of ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound uses sound waves to image the site of injury so there is no exposure to ionising radiation. It is the same technology used in pregnancy imaging.

Benefit of the treatment

PRP injections harness the healing power of your own blood to reduce joint pain caused by inflammation. It may actually repair your damaged joint lining, as well as slowing down further wear and tear of your cartilage. The PRP injection contains valuable proteins and growth factors that your body may use to begin repairing cells and tissue.

PRP therapy has several benefits:

  • It’s low risk — no more dangerous than a collagen injection.
  • It supports long-term healing of your injury, rather than quick, temporary relief from your symptoms.
  • For some, it can be a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
  • It uses your own plasma to help stimulate and accelerate your body’s natural healing process.

In an effort to treat athletes with complete ruptures of the Achilles tendon, activated PRP was injected into the tendons during a surgical procedure32. Six athletes treated with PRP took significantly less time to improve their range of motion in the ankle, resume gentle running, and begin training activities when compared to control athletes who had conventional surgical treatment. This was the first study to report on the efficacy of PRP in the treatment of injured tendons.

Perhaps the most telling of the new PRP studies, by Dr. Creaney and his colleagues, has been accepted by The British Journal of Sports Medicine and will published online soon. In it, scientists treated people suffering from refractory tennis elbow with either P.R.P. or injections of whole blood. Whole blood contains far fewer growth factors than P.R.P. Presumably, then, injections of blood would not accelerate and amplify healing in the same way as P.R.P. But the whole blood turned out to be as effective as P.R.P. at treating tennis elbow after three months, and more so at six months. Both treatments reduced pain in most volunteers (whose tennis elbows had not responded to physical therapy). But in the end, the lower concentration of platelets and growth factors in the whole blood was better. “ ‘Less,’ ” the authors write, “may in fact be ‘more.’ ”

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Bone cartilage joint tendon and ligament healing and repair with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Tendon and ligament injuries (TLI) commonly occur in athletes and non-athletes alike, and remarkably debilitate patients’ athletic and personal abilities. Current clinical treatments, such as reconstruction surgeries, do not adequately heal these injuries and often result in the formation of scar tissue that is prone to re-injury. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a widely used alternative option that is also safe because of its autologous nature. PRP contains a number of growth factors that are responsible for its potential to heal TLIs effectively. In this review, we provide a comprehensive report on PRP. While basic science studies in general indicate the potential of PRP to treat TLIs effectively, a review of existing literature on the clinical use of PRP for the treatment of TLIs indicates a lack of consensus due to varied treatment outcomes. This suggests that current PRP treatment protocols for TLIs may not be optimal, and that not all TLIs may be effectively treated with PRP. Certainly, additional basic science studies are needed to develop optimal treatment protocols and determine those TLI conditions that can be treated effectively.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Arthritis
Patients who have suffered an acute meniscus tear might also benefit from PRP treatment. In this particular scenario the body is already trying to heal an acute injury so a boost with PRP can theoretically optimize this affect.
Side Effect of PRP

PRP therapy is not a silver bullet. There can be side effects, and some significant. Here are the most common.

Most patients will experience some post-procedural pain at the injection site for up to 3 days and in some cases longer. This is typically managed with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers like Acetaminophen (Tylenol); however the physician may prescribe stronger pain relievers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) should be avoided since they interfere with the effectiveness of the PRP treatment.

Other side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they should have no reaction to. Sometimes the color around the skin of a PRP injection will appear bruised. Rare complications included infection at the injection site and bleeding especially with anticoagulant therapy or bleeding disorders. You should not have PRP if you have cancer or metastatic disease, an active infection or a low platelet count. You should also not have a PRP injection if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Allergic Reaction is another side effect of prp. Some patients body will reject their own serum and react negatively to the treatment. This is rare, but it does happen.

Common Questions & Answers
Are PRP Injections Effective?

These days, this technology is being used for cosmetic enhancement with outstanding results.Many people, including movie stars as well as celebrities, are having this treatment to utilise their bodies own healing potential, and to stimulate natural skin rejuvenation without the use of chemicals. PRP has a thickening and tightening effect on the skin, leaving you with a youthful glow.

How long does it take?

Generally, a PRP injection requires an initial visit to see if the patient’s injury would benefit from the injection, then a follow up visit for the injection itself. The actual injection process takes about 30 minutes. The majority of the time involves drawing and processing the patient’s blood for the injection.

Is PRP right for me?

If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and prevent further degeneration of the tissues. Ask one of our doctors at Andrews Sports Medicine if PRP therapy is right for you.

What can be treated?

PRP injections can be performed in tendons and ligaments all over the body. Sports injuries, any appropriate tendon injury that your physician feels would benefit from PRP can be treated, including tennis elbow, ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis and iliotibial band syndrome may all be effectively treated with PRP. In addition, PRP has been reported to have an anti-inflammatory response when used for osteoarthritis.

Who is not a good candidate for PRP therapy?

Patients with active infections, pregnancy, Parkinson, Cerebral Palsy, blood borne cancers (lymphoma or leukemia) or high dose Coumadin (warfarin).

Will a PRP injection help speed my recovery?

Some tendon injuries require more aggressive treatment to help supplement traditional therapies. For these patients, I will sometimes consider adding platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.

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