Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Injection of platelet-rich plasma containing growth factors to help heal or regenerate muscles, tendons or ligaments in an area of injury.

The basics

Joint injections, including hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, are commonly used to alleviate joint pain associated with degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis. In arthritic conditions, the cartilage protecting the joint becomes compromised and the joint fluid loses its shock-absorbing qualities, leading to pain, stiffness, and poor mobility. Joint injections, like PRP therapy, can provide medium to long-term pain relief as part of a multidisciplinary treatment plan.

Who's it for?

Joint injections, including HA injections, are recommended for people with degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis who experience joint pain, stiffness, and mobility issues. PRP therapy is commonly used to heal or regenerate damaged soft tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

How it works?

  1. A needle is used to draw your blood.
  2. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the other components of the blood.
  3. Medical imaging is used to place a needle into the affected joint, muscle, or connective tissue.
  4. A local anaesthetic is injected to numb the area.
  5. An injection of your own platelet-rich plasma is given.
  6. The procedure takes one to two hours, including preparation time.

Therapies & treatments

Joint injections like HA injections can provide medium to long-term pain relief for people with degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis. PRP therapy can help heal or regenerate damaged soft tissues.

Risks & considerations

Complications from joint injections and PRP therapy are rare but may include infection of the treatment site, nerve damage, formation of scar tissue and calcification, and a low risk of allergic reactions. For PRP therapy, you should not take anti-inflammatory medications (including NSAIDs, steroids, and aspirin) for at least three days before and two weeks after the procedure, as they will prevent the platelets from working. After the procedure, you may experience moderate discomfort for a few days and should avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercising, strong vibrations, or jolting movements for several days.

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