Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for Sports and Musculoskeletal Injuries
Platelets are a small colorless disk-shaped cell fragment without a nucleus. They are found in large numbers in blood and have an essential role in clotting and wound healing. Without platelets, tissue repair cannot take place.
Platelets release Growth Factors. A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, that are capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation, healing, and cellular differentiation.
Growth factors, sometimes called “cytokines”, typically bio-active proteins or hormones that are important for regulating a variety of cellular processes. Your body naturally produces growth factors in response to injury, and those growth factors influence nearly every stage of wound healing. They typically act as signalling molecules between cells through binding to specific receptors on the surface of their target cells.
When we concentrate platelets, for example through centrifugation and separation, the resulting PRP contains an extremely high amount of growth factors. These growth factors are initially dormant, however, through photo-activation prior to injection, we can stimulate them to mobilise directly to the site of an injury that has failed to fully heal.
If you are an appropriate candidate for PRP injections, you you may require a few sessions spaced a few weeks apart depending on the area injured. However, you can typically expect to require one to two injections.
Photo-Activated Concentrated Platelet-Rich Plasma has been shown to be effective in the treatment of soft-tissue injuries, such as:
- Sprains, strains, tendinopathy, tendinosis, muscle tears and joint capsular laxity
- Joint inflammation, meniscal injury, arthritis, articular cartilage defects
Speak to us today for a full assessment of your injury and tests (such as x-rays, ultrasound, MRI, CT Scans) and find out how Photo-Activated PRP can benefit you today.