SPECIALISED CARE: PRP (Platelet Rich Therapy) For Pain Management
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, is a solution to accelerated natural healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis.
An initial consultation with your doctor at Spencer Street Family Practice will determine if PRP is a suitable treatment option for you
How does a PRP procedure work?
Using your own blood, specially prepared platelets are extracted and then re-injected into the affected area.
The platelets release “growth factors” that lead to tissue healing. The human body has the remarkable ability to heal itself and by re-injecting concentrated platelets we are accelerating the natural healing process.
What are the benefits of PRP Treatment?
You can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms, with the elimination of the need for more traditional treatments such as medications, cortisone injections or surgery. This results in a gradual return to function.
Is PRP right for me?
You should consider PRP if you have been diagnosed with any of the following:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Knee tendinosis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Plantar fasciitis
PRP offers an alternative treatment for those who do not wish to have surgery.
How do I prepare for an injection?
You should schedule an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation to determine if PRP is a suitable treatment option for you.
PRP procedure usually takes 45 – 60 minutes. Do not take anti-inflammatories one week before or after the injection as this may reduce treatment benefits. Depending on your condition, between one to three sessions may be required.
What are the side effects?
Although uncommon, these may include pain, infection, no relief of symptoms, blood clot, skin discolouration, scarring, loss of fat to the affected area.
How soon can I go back to regular physical activities?
This treatment is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing. The healing process requires time. PRP accelerates and shortens the recovery process in chronic injuries and new acute injuries.