Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons and muscles. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
How long does it take to work?
PRP does not offer quick pain relief. Pain gradually subsides as the injured tissue repairs and pain relieving factors activate. This can take weeks or months, but when successful, the effect is lasting. If relief is not sufficient at 3 months, a second injection may be performed.
What is the process?
After a referral from your doctor, a consultation with the radiologist will take place along with physical examination and review of your imaging to determine if PRP injection is appropriate. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s) including Nurofen, Voltaren, Mobic must be stopped 10 days prior to the procedure because these interfere with platelet production by the bone marrow
A quantity (up to 20mls) of autologous blood will be extracted by venesection, usually from an arm vein. The blood will be centrifuged for up to 15 minutes. The PRP is separated from the red blood cells and injected under US guidance to the area of injury.