What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma or PRP is an innovative treatment in sports and orthopaedic medicine, PRP uses your own blood for healing muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
To perform this treatment we place a small amount of your blood in a filtration system, which separates your red blood cells from the platelets. The high concentration of platelets is then injected into your injured tissue, which initiates your body’s natural healing response.
After the treatment you’ll be given a prescription for pain medication for overnight use. NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATION (SUCH AS IBUPROFEN AND NEUROFEN) SHOULD NOT BE USED AFTER TREATMENT. However, cold therapy and icing of the affected area may be used. Following treatment, a stretching and strengthening exercise program will be prescribed, as thorough rehab is vital for a rapid recovery.
What are the benefits?
PRP is the perfect treatment for those suffering from damage to your muscles, tendons or ligaments. The body’s own ability to heal these sorts of injuries is relatively poor and often leads to scarring, which not only affects the function but also increases the risk of further damage.
PRP gives the body a helping hand by mimicking your body’s inherent desire to heal itself. It couldn’t be simpler. Following the series of injections and strengthening exercise program, you could see a huge improvement in your injury and a significant reduction of pain.
Following an awkward fall, keen runner Karen Grant was left unable to jog or even drive due to an Achilles tendon injury.
“Over time, the injury spread to my Achilles. It’s a notoriously hard injury to treat as there isn’t a lot of blood flow in that area. It got so bad I couldn’t wear shoes with backs and instead wore very soft ones all the time. Driving became difficult and any impact sports, especially running, were definitely out.“
“It was a very quick, painless and easy procedure,” she says. “A small amount of blood was taken from my arm and put in a centrifugal machine. An even smaller amount – the platelet concentrate – was then injected back into my Achilles.“
“The first day or so after the injection the pain was worse but after four or five days it had gone. I had a further three injections around my Achilles. Each time the pain was less than the time before.“
“I’m really pleased with the results so far,” she says. “My long-term aim is to run the London Marathon. This seems a lot more realistic now.”