Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma, a new approach for healing muscle and ligament injuries.

 

What is Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Autologous platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting patients to significant risk. The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal. PRP technology was intially developed 20 years ago to aide with wound healing and blood loss. Its benefits are now applied towards the facilitation of healing tendons and cartilage. In fact, PRP has been widely used for years in Europe to treat various tendon injuries.

How does PRP procedure work?

Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelet are taken and then re-injected into the affected area. These platelets release substances known as “growth factors” that lead to tissue healing. For example, when you cut yourself, the body’s natural response is to attract platelets that release growth factors and facilitate healing. By concentrating the platelets we increase the release of growth factors which promotes the healing of tendons and cartilage.

The human body has remarkable ability to heal itself and by re-injecting concentrated platelets we are facilitating the natural healing process.

Is Platelet Rich Plasma Right For Me?

For most patient PRP offers a solid, alternative treatment for those who do not wish to have surgery. An initial evaluation will determine if PRP is a viable treatment option.

What are the benefit of PRP treatment?

Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms; elimination of need for more traditional treatments such as medications, cortisone inceptions or surgery; and a dramatic return for function.

How soon can I go back to regular physical activity?

This treatment is not “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing. The process of PRP requires time and rehabilitation. Patients who follow a course of physical therapy are likely to see the most improvement in the affected area. PRP accelerates and shortens the recovery process in chronic injuries and new acute injuries.

Prior studies on tennis elbow have demonstrated an 81% improvement in pain scores at six months and 93% reduction in pain follow up at 1-3 years.

Through regular follow-up visits your doctor can determine when you are able to resume regular physical activities.

How do I prepare for an injection?

Patients should schedule an evaluation to determine if PRP is a viable treatment option. An MRI and/or musculoskeletal ultrasound may be done prior to the injection to insure a proper diagnosis and rule out any condition best treated surgically.

The PRP injection usually takes an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis. Do not take anti-inflammatories one week before or after the injection as this may limit the treatment benefits.

Depending on a patient’s condition, a series of 1-3 injections may be required.

How do I care of the injection site after the treatment?

Initially the procedure may cause some localised soreness and discomfort. Patients may apply ice and elevation as needed. After one week the patient will likely begin rehabilitation program with physical therapy.

What are the significant side effects?

The risks are usually uncommon.

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Platelet Separated From Own's Blood

What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma?


Platelet Separated From Own's Blood
Platelet Separated From Own’s Blood

The human body has a natural ability to heal itself from most injuries. A large part of this ability lies in the healing potential of the many growth factors found in our platelets, a component of human blood.

The recent advancement in separation and concentration of a patient’s blood platelets for injection into his damaged body part, is an amazingly elegant tissue regenerative technology.

Although it involves the drawing of a small tube of a patient’s blood, and the injection of the treated body part with his concentrated platelets, the ability to heal his injured muscles, tendons, and other body parts make this a very promising treatment option for many patients.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is derived directly from your own blood. PRP is a blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Contained within platelets are high concentrations of bioactive active proteins that aid in healing, including growth factors which are necessary to initiate connective tissue healing. With concentrated amounts of these proteins in an injured area, healing and tissue repair is accelerated. Healing can occur in various tissues including tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. Along with tissue repair the regeneration process also stimulates new blood vessel growth which also promotes the wound healing process.

Where Does Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP Come From?


A small amount of your blood (30-60 cc) is taken from your arm. The blood is then placed in a special kit and centrifuged. The centrifuge processes the blood, extracting the PRP, leaving the excessive plasma and red blood cells in the container. The PRP is a concentration of platelets and growth factors, concentrated up to 500%.

Injuries are prevalent in sports, and athletes often have to take time off for surgery and rehab.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy helped Tiger Woods’ left knee.

It is available right here in Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic. It’s done right in the clinic, and you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit.

Platelets have long been known to help the blood clot, but in the last 20 years research has shown that when activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors.

In addition to tennis elbow, platelet-rich plasma therapy can also be used for problems with the Achilles tendon and knee and heel pain, and is also showing promise in treating osteoarthritis.