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Platelet Rich Plasma Injections / PRP
PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is derived from a blood sample from the patient, then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets which are drawn off. Platelets are small cells responsible for clotting and healing and are full of ‘growth factors’ and ‘cytokines’ which boost healing. The platelet rich plasma is then injected into the area that is causing your pain.
Conditions treated by PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
PRP injections are used to treat osteoarthritis especially of the knee. Osteoarthritis can cause pain, swelling and stiffness and is due to the wear and tear of the joints. PRP can be as effective as corticosteroid and a hyaluronic acid injection (a joint lubricant) in improving symptoms, and can last longer. If pain is decreased an exercise programme to strengthen and mobilise will enhance the effect.
Frequently asked questions about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
You will have a thorough assessment to see if this treatment is appropriate and the treatment will be explained to you. You may be taken to our fluoroscopy theatre so the doctor can use the x ray or ultrasound equipment for guidance in placing the needle. The doctor will take a small amount of blood from a vein in your non painful arm. The identified area will then be injected once the blood has been spun in the centrifuge to extract the platelet rich plasma.
Local anaesthetic is used so it is not an excessively painful procedure. The doctor can administer extra pain relief if you do feel pain and will ask you throughout the procedure if you are ok and coping with the treatment.
On average our patients have 2 injections, 4 weeks apart.
Most pain relief occurs in the first 4-6 weeks. Do not hesitate to contact Blackberry Clinic if you need advice after your procedure or help in deciding if you need a second injection.
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