Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
If you have knee, ankle or foot arthritis or any tendon, ligament, muscle or other soft tissue problem
We can help!
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an advanced regenerative medical treatment which utilises your own blood plasma. Plasma contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets contain cytokines (the body’s natural chemical messengers) and numerous natural growth factors which stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.
PRP therapy has been used in medicine and surgery for many years for soft tissue and bone regeneration. It is safe and effective.
What are the benefits of having a PRP injection?
PRP utilises the body’s natural healing processes to regenerate and repair, bone, tendon, muscle, ligament, cartilage and other soft tissue conditions. It can also be used to treat chronic non healing wounds; such as ulcers. PRP therapy can be used as a non surgical treatment for osteoarthritis, for example; in the knee.
Main PRP benefits:
- Improvement in pain and symptoms
- Improvement and restoration of function
- Return to normal day to day and sporting activity
- PRP may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments; such as long term medication or surgery
What conditions can be treated at the clinic?
PRP can be used for a variety of conditions including the following:
- Tendon, ligament and muscle conditions, e.g. Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis, e.g. heel pain
- Osteoarthritis, e.g. knee and big toe joint
- Neuroma, bursitis and capsulitis
- Knee cartilage degeneration
- Chronic non healing wounds, e.g. ulcers or slow healing surgical sites
What do I need to do to arrange an appointment?
Contact the clinic to book an Orthopaedic Assessment. This is a comprehensive examination which will cover the following main areas:
- Detailed history of presenting problem
- Review of medical history and current medication
- Assessment of Vascular and Neurological status of the lower limb
- Orthopaedic examination from hip to toe designed to identify the cause of the presenting problem
Following the assessment you may require an Ultrasound Scan to aid diagnosis which can be performed at the clinic. If PRP is the appropriate treatment this will be discussed in detail with you and you may require a course of up to three injections.
Are there any restrictions on who can have a PRP injection?
The following is a list of contraindications for PRP injection:
- Patients who are being treated for cancer
- Patients with blood or liver disorders
- Patients who are pregnant or breast feeding
- Patients with an active infection at the injection site
What is the procedure if I need a PRP injection?
If you require injection therapy an appointment will be made for you to return to the clinic.
- You will be made comfortable in the treatment room
- A sample of your blood will be taken and placed in a centrifuge. This separates the platelets for use in the injection procedure
- It is likely your procedure will be carried out under local anaesthetic. If this is the case you will not be able to drive afterwards – therefore; you will need to arrange transport home
- The injection may be carried out under ultrasound guidance. This ensures accuracy of platelet placement
- You will need to rest for the remainder of that day. You will be able to return to work and drive the next day. However, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activity for a week after the injection
Please contact the Clinic on: 01235 798313 to speak to one of our team who will book you an Orthopaedic Assessment.