PRP Therapy

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated platelets and growth factors that stimulate the healing and regeneration of damaged tissue. It’s the super-charged version of traditional plasma and has proved to be an effective and natural way to treat chronic and acute pain.

Where Does Platelet Rich Plasma Come From?

Plasma is a component in blood that protects the body and promotes healing. Plasma is isolated by taking a small sample of your blood and placing it into a centrifuge to be spun at a high speed. Once the plasma has been isolated, it is then placed into a centrifuge once more to obtain the purest form of platelet rich plasma. Once it is removed from the centrifuge, the highly concentrated PRP is ready for injection. PRP is 100% natural and provides a way for your own body to heal itself.

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY

Platelet rich plasma is a very simple and safe nonsurgical procedure that is performed by a qualified physician. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3 !

Step 1  -  A small sample of your blood is drawn and collected into a special device.

Step 2  -  The special device is then centrifuged at a high speed, two separate times, to isolate the purest PRP.

Step 3  -  Once the PRP has been isolated, it is ready to be injected into your affected site. It is carefully injected using refined techniques to ensure advanced healing and regeneration.

Treat Yourself

You might have heard of plasma and all the amazing things it can do. PRP is the more exciting and powerful version of traditional plasma. A high dose of PRP can be found in your own blood. It’s a very natural and safe way to get you feeling like you’re 21 again.

A Non-invasive Procedure

All it takes is small sample of your own blood that’s spun at high speeds to create pure, hyperactive PRP. It’s then carefully injected in an area of your body that needs that rejuvenation and strengthening. Because PRP is taken from your own body, PRP therapy is organic and safe. You’ll feel different and freer than before. Find out how PRP therapy can be the answer to your pain challenges.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections

Platelet Rich Plasma injections have been making breakthroughs in the stimulation and acceleration of bone and soft tissue healing with growing interests from many specialties and their patients.  Although PRP has been used for over 30 years by many physicians, with ample amount of research to support its effectiveness, the latest technology in equipment, techniques and supplies open new possibilities for the for the treatment of tendons, ligaments, bones and muscle injuries.

This autologous engineering is a way to maximise how the body helps heal itself. The seven known growth factors in PRP are: platelet derived growth factor as (PDGFaa), PDGFbb, PDFFab, transforming growth factor beta-, (TGF-b), TGF-b2, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and epithelial growth factor (EGF)

The growth factors are attained directly from the patient’s own blood.  The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red cells, serum and buffy coat.  The buffy coat contains both platelets and white bloods cells (WBCs).  Under the guidance of ultra sound or a fluoroscopy unit, a medical specialist then injects the PRP.   Because PRP is developed from autologous blood, it is inherently safe and is free from transmissible diseases.

Not All PRP is the Same

It is well document that not all PRP is the same.  Patients may experience varying outcomes with PRP applications.  This can be attributed to the system used to prepare the PRP.  To get the best results, the PRP system must significantly concentrate the platelets growth factors in the treatment samples.  The concentration should be 5 to 9 times the baseline value.  The better the concentration the better your chances for recovery.  In many situations, the better the concentration the better results you will experience.’ The SCGN customised kits and centrifuge will produce highly potent PRP with concentrate platelet growth factors up to 9 times the baseline in a full 6 mL treatment sample. The PRP made by our system has minimal red blood cells, which can cause pain and impair outcomes

Possible Treatments for PRP  (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections

Tendon Injuries

Ligament Sprains

Muscle Strains

Joint Osteoarthritis

Intervertebral Discs

Nerve Pain

Tennis Elbow

Fracture Non-Union

About Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may help to improve the symptoms of or even cure many debilitating conditions involving the bones, joints, and other tissue types. Patients have enjoyed great success when receiving PRP therapy in place of surgery or other invasive procedures. This amazing therapy consists of the careful extraction of concentrated platelets and other regenerative cell types from your own blood. Platelet rich plasma has been used by physicians to treat various conditions involving:

  • Muscle
  • Spine
  • Elbow
  • Hip
  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Foot & Ankle

The PRP Injection Procedure

A platelet rich plasma injection procedure is performed at the point of care. On the day of the procedure, the patient is made comfortable while the PRP is prepared. The injection site is aseptically cleansed and then locally anaesthetised. Using a small gauge needle, the physician will introduce the PRP into the infected area under guided ultrasound or fluoroscopy. The injection procedure is usually completed in under 15 minutes. The physician will then provide post-procedure instructions, which will include avoiding NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Other pain medications may be prescribed if necessary.

What To Expect

PRP provides concentrated growth factors and the other active healing mediators to the affected area. Once this occurs, a set of bioactive processes take place, causing active tissue repair. This process goes on for weeks after just one application. Patients generally begin to see improvement in pain and mobility after 4 to 6 weeks. The improvement will continue for up to 6 months. Most patients are satisfied with one PRP treatment, but it is common to have multiple PRP treatments for larger defects or complicated pathologies. Many patients are able to avoid surgery when using a platelet rich plasma treatment option.

PRP Therapy Procedures can treat a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • - Achilles Tendonitis
  • - Achilles Tears
  • - Ankle and Foot Arthritis
  • - Ankle Sprains
  • - Arthritis
  • - Back Pain
  • - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • - Cartilage Defects
  • - Degenerative Disc Disease
  • - Elbow Tendonitis
  • - Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • - Fractures
  • - Golfer’s Elbow 
  • - Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • - Hip Arthritis
  • - Knee Arthritis
  • - Knee Ligament Injuries
  • - Knee Tendonitis
  • - Neck Pain
  • - Pelvic Pain
  • - Phantom Limb Pain
  • - Plantar Fasciitis
  • - Post-herpetic Neuralgia
  • - Post-laminectomy Syndrome
  • - Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • - Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • - Rotator Cuff Tears
  • - Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • - Sciatica
  • - Shoulder and Elbow Arthritis
  • - Spinal Arthritis (Facet Syndrome)
  • - Spinal Stenosis
  • - Tendonitis
  • - Tennis Elbow
  • - Tension Headaches
  • - Trigeminal Neuralgia

If you don’t see your condition listed please contact a regenerative medicine doctor to see if you are a candidate for platelet rich plasma therapy.