Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is also known as Autologous Conditioned Plasma – meaning it is taken from the body of the patient and used to bring about healing.
A PRP treatment takes advantage of the body’s natural healing properties by using its own tissues to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone, and increase hair growth. PRP can improve joint function, reduce pain, and allow for a return to a healthy way of life after an injury. It is one of the safest treatments for baldness, with none of the risks associated with medications and topical applications.
PRP injections can be utilised in many areas of the body, including the shoulder, knee, hip, back and spine, leg, foot, arm, elbow, toes, fingers, hand, thumb, neck and scalp.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, and is then placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood so fast that it separates into three different substances – red blood cells, platelet-rich plasma, and white blood cells. The plasma with the most amount of platelets is then injected into the site of the body that needs it – whether it’s a joint, a muscle, or the scalp.
PRP injections are often used in the shoulders and the elbows, as they are very effective in these particular joints. PRP is highly recommended in the treatment of tennis elbow. Studies show that PRP is much more effective than steroids in treating this painful condition (steroids are known to only give temporary relief and in some cases can actually make the injury worse).
Our bodies are designed to heal themselves, and PRP treatment allows that self-healing to be even more effective.
PRP is one of the safest and most effective treatments for hair loss, showing excellent results after just a few sessions. It avoids the use of potentially harmful drugs, and has no side-effects. Once the desired hair growth has been achieved, a maintenance dose of one injection per year is recommended to keep everything running smoothly.
PRP is a simple outpatient treatment that may help you recover from a painful sports injury or chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and tendinitis.
Here are some of the conditions that can be helped by PRP:
There are three main steps to undergo when you have a treatment at our outpatient centre. Your appointment should take no longer than an hour.
An average treatment is generally administered every three weeks, and is extremely low risk as it involves your own cells. No foreign bodies are administered. The number of injections can range from two to six, depending on the injury or desired hair growth result.
The platelets in our blood are important for clotting, and also contain proteins called growth factors. These are used in the healing of injuries, and also in the rejuvenation of hair follicles.
PRP is one of the safest treatments around as it uses the body’s own self-healing processes in its own cells. With a high concentration of growth factors – more than in blood – PRP’s rich nutrients support the healing of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes.
This treatment is widely researched and supported in clinical papers.