Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a relatively new medical procedure that assists in the healing and regeneration of damaged soft tissues by using the properties of your own blood.
The platelets in your body contain growth factors that can be used to heal injured muscles, tendons or ligaments. The platelets are injected around the soft tissue to assist in the healing process and reduce pain.
Before the procedure
Please notify your doctor immediately if you are taking any
- Blood thinning medications
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Fish oil or krill tablets
- Diabetic medication
You may need to stop taking certain medications a few days prior to your appointment. You do not need to fast before the procedure.
During the procedure
The procedure will be performed by one of our highly trained specialists. Your skin will be thoroughly cleaned with antiseptic before approximately 10ml of your blood is drawn by venesection.
The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge to spin the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from other components. A local anaesthetic will be administered to the injury location and the concentrated platelet rich plasma is then injected under ultrasound guidance.
After the procedure
The procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours including preparation time. You may experience moderate discomfort following the procedure but it will start to ease after a few days. You can use a cold compress or paracetamol with codeine for stronger relief if necessary.
Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks as they could have an effect on the platelets. Patients can resume normal activities after the procedure but are advised to refrain from heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.
To assist with the recovery process, we recommend rehabilitation with a physiotherapist. It is important to follow rehabilitation treatment. We can arrange an appointment for you if necessary.
Complications from PRP therapy are rare but include infection at the treatment site or injury to the nerves. Formation of scar tissue and calcification are also possible. There is a very low risk of allergic reactions.
Bookings at our clinic are required before for this procedure can be performed. We conduct a routine physiotherapy assessment before commencing. Specific rehabilitation will be explained by your physiotherapist after the procedure is complete.
Contact us today to make a booking for this procedure or if you have any additional questions.