Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is now available and currently being used at Spire Sussex Hospital by Mr Richard Goddard, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. PRP therapy is an alternative treatment method for orthopaedic conditions which have traditionally required surgery or other extensive treatments.

When platelets become activated, growth factors are released and initiate the body’s natural healing

PRP therapy offers an alternative solution to reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis and accelerates healing of tendon injuries naturally without subjecting the patient to significant risk.

Injuries of joints, ligaments and tendons are the most common problems treated with PRP therapy. Spire Sussex Hospital offers PRP treatment for knee conditions such as osteoarthritis, Jumper’s Knee (patella tendonitis), anterior knee pain and ligament sprains. As well other conditions such as Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis, and hip pain due to Trochanteric Bursitis. The procedure is safe, relatively quick and performed in the outpatient room with minimal discomfort.

PRP injections are a treatment in a new field of ‘orthobiologics’, which utilises the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  PRP involves a small amount of blood being taken from the patient.  The blood sample is then separated into its components mainly: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets in a special machine called a centrifuge. The platelets and plasma are rich in healing proteins and growth factors that accelerate tissue repair and healing. The collected platelets and plasma are then injected into the affected part of the patient’s body under local anaesthetic, delivering a cocktail of highly concentrated healing proteins to initiate and promote healing and reduce inflammation.

A recent study by the Hospital for Special Surgery, a world leader in orthopaedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation, has provided evidence that PRP therapy delays the progression of osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disease. The PRP treatment also helped improve pain, ease stiffness and improve function.

Mr Goddard, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Sussex Hospital, commented:

This is an exciting new development in orthopaedics which can reduce the pain of arthritic joints and inflamed tendons without the need for surgery or drugs. Where steroid injections simply suppress inflammation, PRP stimulates and encourages healing.  It uses the natural healing power of the body to promote tissue healing and repair.  Studies have shown that PRP injections can reduce knee pain due to arthritis and improve patient function.”

The PRP treatment has been used for over a decade and became popular when sports stars such as Tiger Woods, Jermain Defoe and Kobe Bryant began using the treatment.

The PRP treatment does not appear to show any significant side effects because the body’s own healing mechanism is utilised.

To find out more please call 01424 757455.

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