PRP injections are widely used in sports medicine, orthopaedics and aesthetic medicine and have been in use for around 30 years.
PRP is produced from a patient’s own blood, with the concentration of platelets increased by a factor of 3-5. Platelets contain alpha-granules which contain a series of growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines.
PRP is used in a variety of conditions:
- Acute muscle tears
- Ligament injuries
- Tendinopathy / intrasubstance tendon tears
- Plantar fasciitis / plantar fascia tears
In soft tissue injuries (muscle tears, ligament injuries and tendon injuries), the growth factors in PRP stimulate healing through cellular recruitment, differentiation, and proliferation.
In osteoarthritis of the knee and hip PRP has been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms for an average of 9-12 months. These injections can be repeated.
PRP treatment involves a series of 3-4 injections.