Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment that helps to relieve pain and speed up the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a plasma extract from the blood containing much higher concentration of platelets than what is typically found in the blood.
These platelets contain growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
- It is a non-surgical treatment that carries a much lower risk that conventional surgery.
- It does not invoke autoimmune and allergic reactions as PRP is drawn from one’s own blood.
- It has a short treatment time involving about 30 minutes to 60 minutes, compared to other treatment modalities.
- There is no lengthy downtime and general anaesthesia is not required.
The process involves drawing blood from the patient, followed by a separation process called centrifugation which produces a plasma sample with high platelet concentration.
Studies have shown that PRP is most effective in treatment of chronic tendon and ligament injuries such as tennis elbow.