PLATELET RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS
The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), a portion of the patient’s own blood having a high platelet concentration, to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections have improved function and decreased pain in elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle tendonosis. Early work shows promise for osteoarthritis
The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they don’t react to. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure, then usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening program.
The Joint Clinic consultants regularly give PRP injections to their patients for conditions like Tennis Elbow and to promote healing in ligament injuries like MCL injuries in the knee. No hospital admission is required and patients can go home immediately after taking the PRP injection
Picture showing preparation of PRP injection
PLATELET RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS FOR TENNIS & GOLFER’S ELBOW
Uses: The most promising results have been seen when PRP treatment is used for chronic tendon conditions, such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). In a small study involving knee osteoarthritis, PRP treatment was shown to be more effective than hyaluronic acid treatment. PRP has also resulted in positive or similar results when used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries in the knee.
Key Points to Remember
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from a patient’s own blood.
- PRP is a concentrated source of growth factors and cellular signaling factors that play a significant role in the biology of healing.
- Basic science studies show that PRP treatment may improve healing in many tissues.
- Clinical studies in humans show the effectiveness of PRP treatment.
- Anti-inflammatory medicines should be stopped before and after PRP treatment is given.
Picture showing PRP being given in elbow