Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Knee and Hip Injection Therapy
PRP therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma therapy), also known as Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) therapy, takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone. The main aim of this treatment is to reduce pain, improve joint function and potentially slow, halt or even repair damage to cartilage. It is well used in Medicine and helps patients regain activity by effectively reducing pain and improving mobility. This simple outpatient treatment may help you recover from a painful sports injury or chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and tendonopathy.
The procedure is performed in the out-patient clinic.
A blood sample is drawn from a vein in the arm as per any regular blood test you might have had before.
Your blood sample is placed in a special machine which spins the blood in a centrifuge to seperate, extract and concentrate the desired substances (ACP Autologous Conditioned Plasma)
These substances (ACP) are injected back into your painful knee or hip or the affected tendons nearby.
The treatment is generally administered at three weekly intervals (3 treatments in total). Since the treatment is prepared from the patient’s own blood, the treatment carries a very low risk.
How it works
The healing of injured or inflamed tissue involves a complex and precisely regulated series of natural processes within the body. Thrombocytes (platelets) play an important role in this process. At the site of injury they release growth factors that initiate the restoration of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes. PRP therapy is based on our understanding of these complex processes. With its high concentration of growth factors PRP injections are a natural way of supporting the body’s self-healing processes.