WHAT IS Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of natural growth factors within the blood that the body can use to heal tissue. Research has shown that PRP is both a safe and effective treatment option for a variety of conditions and has become increasingly popular in recent years. PRP is extracted from your own blood and is then administered in the clinic using an ultrasound guided injection.
There are two main groups of PRP: PRP-LP (Leukocyte Poor) where the majority of white blood cells are removed and PRP-LR (Leukocyte Rich) where a proportion of the white blood cells remain. PRP-LP is anti-inflammatory and is used to treat conditions such as early osteoarthritis. PRP-LR is pro-inflammatory and there is a growing body of evidence that this type is useful in treating certain types of tendon injuries.
This treatment may be suitable for people with early osteoarthritis, who want to avoid more invasive treatment. Depending on the type of injection used, either a single injection or a short course of three injections is recommended.