What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
A Platelet Rich Plasma injection (PRP) is a medical procedure that uses the properties of your own blood to treat soft tissue injuries.
Your platelets contains growth factors that promote healing in the injury of muscles, tendons and ligaments. The platelet component of the blood is injected into the site of the soft tissue injury to reduce pain and disability, assist in the healing process and increase your rate of recovery.
Before the procedure
You may need to stop taking certain medications several days before the procedure, so speak to our team if you:
- Take blood thinning medications
- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Take fish oil or krill oil tablets
- Take diabetic medication
There is no need to fast before your procedure.
During the procedure
Your skin is cleansed with antiseptic before the nurse collects approximately 10ml of your blood by venesection from a vein in your elbow.
Your blood sample is spun in a centrifuge for 10 minutes to separate the components of your blood. The Platelet Rich Plasma is then harvested from the centrifuge.
A local anaesthetic is administered to the site of your injury, and a small amount of PRP is injected into the treatment area under ultrasound guidance.
After the procedure
Moderate discomfort should be expected following your PRP procedure, but will ease over the following days. Use a cold compress or paracetamol if necessary, or paracetamol combined with codeine for stronger relief. Avoid anti-inflammatories for 2 weeks as they affect the function of the platelets.
Engage in normal activities but refrain from vigorous exercise and heavy lifting.
We recommend a comprehensive rehabilitation service with a physiotherapist to assist the healing process after your PRP procedure. Speak to our Patient Service Team to arrange an appointment.
Side effects are rare, but include the risk of infection at the site or injury to nerves or blood vessels. Scar tissue formation and calcification at the site of the injection are possible.
Bookings are required for this procedure. A physiotherapy assessment at Imaging Central is routine prior to commencing the procedure. The physiotherapist will explain specific rehabilitation for your condition after PRP is completed.