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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Platelet rich Plasma (PRP) is the unique method of using the patient's own blood plasma, centrifuge it and then use the platelet rich plasma to inject in the area of damaged muscle or joint. This procedure is done under ultrasound guidance. This process is to enhance the body's ability to heal itself at the point of injury or pain.
What is the theory behind PRP:
- Activated platelets secrete growth factors and attract nutrients and more healing cells to the injected area.
- These growth factors send signals to the body to increase blood flow and send more healing factors to the damaged structure.
- A chronic injury is not healed by the body as there is a decrease in blood flow and platelets to the injured area.
- The body can't on its own get enough of these healing or growth factors to the area, but now this concentrated platelet injected there just enhances the nutrients and growth factors to allow the body to heal itself.
Muscle, joint or tendon pain
- The initial evaluation consists of history taking, examination and diagnostic ultrasound to specify the damaged structure and extent of damage.
- The cause of your pain or loss of function maybe because of the joint itself, the cartilage in the joint, the tendon that connect the bone to muscle, or the muscle itself.
- Each of the structures from joint to muscle can have acute injury or chronic (long standing) injury.
- Pain has been from recent onset.
- This normally relates to a specific incident or impact on the structure.
- Acute injuries may need surgery to repair the structure and that is part of the medical assessment to determine the degree of the injury.
- Once that is excluded we shall determine the diagnosis and advice the patient on the use of Platelet Rich Plasma and the prognosis (time to full recovery).
- Chronic pain can be from the same structures from bone to muscle.
- Normally symptoms of pain and loss of use of the structure is longstanding and do not improve with rest or normal local treatment.
- Chronic injuries requires careful assessment to determine and exclude any significant damage.
- The option of referral for X-rays, scan or for specialist treatment of surgery is considered.
- Once excluded, we shall advice the patient on the use of Platelet Rich Plasma and the prognosis (time to full recovery)
- PRP will lead to healing and improvement of pain of the injected area.
- PRP will reduce the time to full recovery and speed up the healing on acute injuries.
- PRP remarkably reduces the pain in chronic injuries over a period of 3-6 months.
- PRP pain reduction modalities, enables the physiotherapist to start with rehabilitation more earlier and more aggressively.