Platelets are vital in the repair of any injury in the body.
When a body part is injured, platelets are activated and release a variety of growth factors that start the healing process. In many cases this repair process happens normally.
When injuries do not heal normally or are delayed, the injury may benefit from a re-introduction of a concentrated dose of platelets.
To harvest PRP the following steps are taken:
1. Blood collection / venepuncture into blood tubes
2. Centrifugation to separate blood into layers
3. Red blood cells discarded leaving blood plasma
4. Centrifugation to concentrate platelets within the plasma
5. Extract platelet-rich plasma
6. The patient is prepped and the solution is prepared and injected into the site of injury using sterile technique (ultrasound guided if necessary)
7. Repeat injections performed every 1-3 weeks ( 2-6 treatments may be necessary)
For osteoarthritis the clinic uses a platelet-rich/leucocyte-poor preparation.
For fascia, tendon and ligaments a preparation rich in growth factors (PRGF) is used.
The treatment plan for all injuries is to treat cause and remove mechanical load from an injury if possible. Most injuries will respond to conservative treatment. If this treatment fails or is slow then PRP may be considered if appropriate for the patient.
The clinic specialises in safe delivery of injections. The clinic uses techniques that make most injections comfortable or tolerable.
• Plantar fasciitis/fasciosis
• Tendonitis & ligament damage