Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Orthopaedic and Sports Injections Application

Platelet Rich Plasma has been used in sports medicine and orthopaedics for more than 10 years and its safety and efficacy is well documented. Platelets are cells that are a part of your blood and work hard for your body to promote healing and clotting. Platelets provide essential growth factors that are vital for stem cell migration, differentiation, proliferation and the stimulation of cells to induce new extracellular matrix deposition and neo-vascularation. Plasma contains many factors essential for cell survival such as nutrients, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes and proteins.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrate of your own blood. It contains high numbers of platelets that can be injected back into the body to promote the healing process, significant improvement of symptoms, reduction in joint pain and reduce the need for medication, cortisone injections and surgery. PRP is a very safe as it is simply the process of re-injecting part of your own blood. As it is your own, the process can not cause hypersensitivities or allergic reactions and the risk of infection is significantly reduced.

What does a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment involve?

The process of preparing the PRP for injection is quick and simple. It involves withdrawing blood from the patient in the usual manner, separating the PRP from the whole blood using a centrifuge, and then re-injecting the PRP into the treatment area, i.e. the knee or hip.

PRP has such a positive effect on healing because it has approximately 4 to 7 times the normal concentration platelets than in whole blood. Whole blood usually contains about 6% platelets, PRP contains 95%. This high concentration of platelets increases the amount of growth factors delivered to the injected area.

PRP is an effective treatment option to the following areas:

• Shoulder
• Hip
• Elbow
• Wrist
• Pubic area
• Knee
• Foot

At Main Street Medical Centre we currently offer PRP treatment to the wrists, elbows and knees.

PRP can be used for the following concerns:

• Tendinous, ligamentous and muscular lesions
• Plantar fasciitis
• Cartilage lesions

PRP:

• Promotes and accelerates the healing process providing significant improvement in symptoms
• Significantly reduces pain
• Reduces the need for alternative treatments like medication, cortisone injections and surgery
• Rules out the risk of immunological reactions and contamination by transmissible diseases
• An option for those who desire a natural treatment

How much does PRP cost?

PRP injections are $200 each.

HOW DO I GET EXPERT ADVICE AND GUIDANCE?

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