Do you feel an uncomfortable pulling sensation in your joint or suffer from joint stiffness in the mornings or discomfort when you first start walking? The cause may well be wear and tear of the joint cartilage, commonly known as osteoarthritis.
PRP therapy offers a natural, biologic therapy approach involving activation of the body’s own factors in your blood.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is the consequence of the progressive deterioration of the joint cartilage and the joint menisci. The joint cartilage is deteriorating due to trauma and wear and tear. This leads to bone surface exposure. Symptoms include pain, rigidity, swelling, and walking difficulties.
INDICATIONS FOR PRP THERAPY
- Chronic joint pain secondary to osteoarthritis
- Poor response to conservative management
- Patients who are unfit for joint replacement
- Patients who wish to delay or avoid surgery
- Muscle tears and muscle injury
- Tendon tears and ruptures
PRP injections aim to promote the repair of cartilage and to alleviate joint aches, pains and osteoarthritic symptoms, potentially delaying the need for joint replacement and also improving function and healing. Platelets produce growth factors that stimulate the proliferation of chondrocytes (joint lining cells), leading to cartilage repair. PRP is an autologous concentration of a large number of platelets in a small plasma volume. Platelets contain substantial amounts of cytokines and growth factors (GFs) that stimulate cell growth, vascularization, proliferation, tissue regeneration and synthesis of collagen (building block of cartilage). The delivery of high concentrations of cytokines and GFs by PRP to the damaged tissues, is considered to have a beneficial effect on the regeneration of tendons and cartilages.
PRP for Sports Medicine
PRP has various medical uses and is widely known for its restorative properties. Platelets release growth factors or “healing factors”, that promote the regeneration of bone, skin, muscle tendons and tissues and hence has applications in many degenerative disorders. This innovative treatment has piqued clinicians’ interest, particularly specialists in physical medicine and sports injuries, more so because the production of PRP is relatively easy, making it one of the best natural biological therapy to be trusted by many sports physicians and used by many sports players worldwide.
Injuries and conditions including rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, elbow epicondylitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, patellar and quadriceps tendinopathy, achilles tendinopathy, and acute achilles rupture are some that PRP is known to heal due to its regenerative properties. Platelet rich plasma therapy injections have been used as a source of main treatment for these conditions, and it has also been used as surgical augmentation in procedures where platelet-rich plasma therapy was applied during surgery. This is used to enhance healing following ligament reconstruction procedures and repairs. PRP is also used as an orthobiologic therapy modality in foot and ankle surgery. PRP in regenerative medicine plays an important role when conservative treatment has failed and the next treatment option is an invasive surgical procedure. It bridges this gap and provides a very good biological option before considering surgery.
There are a range of treatment options available at The Regenerative Therapy Centre and we would be delighted to discuss which would be the most appropriate for you, Please click on the Get in Touch button and our friendly and responsive team will be delighted to chat.
- Acute muscle tears and strains
- Chronic Tendinopathies (tennis elbow, Achilles tendon, patellar tendon and rotator cuff)
- Ligament injuries (ie: medial or lateral collateral ligament—MCL/LCL)