Injections: Platelet Rich Plasma PRP
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a process that encourages healing by adding nutrients to ligaments, tendons and joints.
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Overview of Platelet Rich Plasma
What is PRP
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a process that encourages healing. By extracting Growth Platelet's from an individuals own blood, we can then inject the solution into areas of tissue damage.
Why does this help
Not all body tissues have a good blood supply. Ligaments and tendons in particular have limited access to essential nutrients within the blood and therefore healing is often a slow process.
By extracting PRP and then injecting these growth factors into these damaged areas, it is possible to speed up the process.
Do they work
PRP and Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) is now showing some evidence as a long term treatment for joint degeneration and the management of symptoms caused by Osteoarthritis.
For more information please read the PRP blog in the section Latest News.
It has been used primarily to speed up the repair of tendon and ligament injury's in elite athletes
All injections at the Injection-Clinic are guided
Guided injections ensure the medication is administered directly at the target tissues. This can be inside a joint or within fluid sacs such as bursa. Sometimes guided injections are used to dilate specific tissues and /or separate one layer of tissue away from another. These are referred to as high volume injections.
When to use the medication
If you are suffering with long term ligament or tendon problems which simply won't resolve, then PRP is a viable treatment option.
You still need to exercise correctly, but optimising joint chemistry with the addition of Growth Factors contained within the PRP could boost the repair process.
There are no reported side effects with Platelet Rich Plasma PRP.
The only risk is the injection process itself. This is performed with single use sterile equipment and therefore risk of complication is very low.
Please note the process involves taking blood. Therefore there are at least two injections.
How long do they last?
Platelet Rich Plasma injections aim to boost the repair process. The result is not governed by how long the PRP solution stays around the tendon or joint, but what it promotes once administered.
The aim is to stimulate the body's repair mechanism and speed up tissue repair. A normal repair for a tendon will take months to complete; but if the repair is taking longer then PRP gives the tissue a boost.
How much do they cost?
The price of a guided Platelet Rich Plasma injection is £185.
All injections are administered to either new or follow up patients. These appointments are £75 and £40.
Total cost for a new patient requiring a PRP injection is therefore £260.
Follow up appointments are £225. Standard practice includes up to three injections at 2 week intervals.
The total cost, if this is required is £710.