A patient's own blood platelets are injected into the sore joint area to provoke the body's own healing process.
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.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment is currently being used as an alternative treatment method for orthopaedic conditions which have traditionally required surgery or other extensive treatments, including:
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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 patients 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.
The procedure is performed in as an out-patient procedure. It is a relatively quick procedure with minimal discomfort for the patient.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.