PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
Norwood Day Surgery in Adelaide can provide patients with innovative PRP treatment which harnesses the body’s own natural renewal process.
With this treatment patients can expect to see improvement in symptoms (which can be temporary and need repeat treatments) and, at times, PRP can delay or postpone the need for other treatments.
How does PRP Therapy work?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP Therapy is a treatment that uses blood extracted from your own body. Blood is made of RBC (Red Blood Cells), WBC (White Blood Cells), Plasma, and Platelets. When in their resting state, platelets look like sea sponges and when activated form branches and were initially known to be responsible for blood clotting. In the last 20 years we have learned that when activated in the body, platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. Therefore after increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets (Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP), we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery.
PRP is virtually a cocktail of many proteins that collectively stimulate repair and regeneration. However there are some proteins included in PRP that we can now selectively isolate to promote anti-inflammatory effects and pain reduction. Scientists have now developed natural/homeopathic based tools to selectively isolate the cells/growth factors within PRP that meet our needs of customising the treatment by reducing inflammation and simultaneously stimulating repair.
How is a PRP procedure performed?
PRP therapy uses your own blood which includes specially prepared platelets that are taken and then injected into joints or the surrounding affected area under ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy. These platelets release substances known as “growth factors” that lead to tissue healing. By concentrating the platelets we increase the release of growth factors which promotes the healing of tendons and cartilage.
PRP is used to treat a variety of injuries
As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other messengers called cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. The efficacy of certain growth factors in healing various injuries and the concentrations of these growth factors found within PRP are the theoretical basis for the use of PRP in tissue repair. The platelets collected in PRP are activated by the addition of thrombin and calcium chloride, which induces the release of these factors from granules contained within the platelets.
The growth factors and other cytokines present in PRP include:
- Platelet-derived growth factor
- Transforming growth factor beta
- Fibroblast growth factor
- Insulin-like growth factor 1
- Insulin-like growth factor 2
- Vascular endothelial growth factor
- Epidermal growth factor
- Interleukin 8
- Keratinocyte growth factor
- Connective tissue growth factor
PRP has been used to treat:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Knee tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
Below are some common questions in regards to PRP therapy.
Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.