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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) For soft tissue injury & osteoarthritis

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an exciting new treatment designed to help in the healing and regeneration of soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments and joint cartilage.

PRP was used  as early as 1990 in maxillofacial, plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine.

It is a novel  therapeutic tool in orthopaedic surgery, musculoskeletal medicine and sports medicine.

To fully understand the benefits of PRP therapy it is worthwhile to have  some knowledge of the basic science about tendon and ligament injuries.  Tendons and ligaments are made up of fibres of collagen.  When these fibres are sprained and torn during injuries an immediate healing reaction is triggered off. Blood flow to the area that carries platelets and growth factors enable creation of new collagen fibres. The fibres will eventually regain their correct flexibility.

Sometimes the healing process is faulty and insufficient.This is where PRP therapy helps.

Platelet activation prepared by PRP method plays a key role in the process of wound, soft tissue and cartilage healing.

PRP is made from patient’s own blood. After centrifugation  Plasma rich in platelets is then drawn and activated. The product is injected into the specific area of damage – tendon, wound or joint.

Several studies showed improved function and decreased pain in various orthopaedic conditions as osteoarthritis of knees, hips, Achilles tendon injury etc.

Complications:

Treatments may need to be repeated

There may be some minor Post procedure discomfort for up to three days

Indications:

Tendonitis ( Achilles tendon, Golfers elbow, Tennis elbow)

Torn, Sprained muscles, tendons

Rotator cuff injury (shoulder)

Osteoarthritis of knees, shoulders, small joints (PRP shows

positive effect on cartilage repair)

Rest for few days followed by gentle stretching is all that is needed after the procedure.

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