Tendinosis, a chronic degeneration of the tendon, can occur due to an accumulation over time of microscopic injuries to the tendon. The damage can result in pain and disability. It has been shown scientifically that our platelets have a very important role in the natural healing of wounds and bone defects. That is because platelets contain various natural growth factors.
PRP is used as an alternative treatment for surgery and other extensive treatments
With this in mind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment has been launched at Spire Portsmouth Hospital. PRP is currently being used as an alternative treatment method for orthopaedic conditions which have traditionally required surgery or other extensive treatments.
PRP treatment involves a small amount of blood being taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge which spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. The patient's own platelets are then collected into a highly concentrated formula which is injected directly into the injured area. When platelets become activated, growth factors are released and initiate the body’s natural healing response; tendon regeneration can be achieved by injecting platelet-rich plasma into the degenerative tendon.
At Spire Portsmouth Hospital PRP can be used to treat the following conditions:
- Tendinosis around the elbow - Tennis elbow is characterised by tissue degeneration of the wrist and forearm extensor tendons at the elbow. It is not typically associated with acute inflammation. Chronic and severe cases may lead to partial or full thickness tearing of the tendons.
- Causes – The injuries are usually caused by overuse of the forearm muscles in repeated actions associated with racquet sports, manual work with twisting hand movements, weight training or any other traumatic movement of the elbow or wrist
The PRP procedure is performed in our out-patient department by Orthopaedic Consultant, Mr Duncan Watkinson. PRP is a relatively quick procedure with minimal discomfort for the patient.
To find out more about this service or to book a consultation please call us on 02392 456 172 or enquire online now.