PRP therapy FAQs
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Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP therapy) jump starts your body’s natural healing process, stimulating the repair of damaged soft tissues including muscles, tendons and ligaments.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Plasma is the main component of blood. It’s a colourless fluid that carries your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets around your body. Platelets are small blood cells that contain proteins and growth factors. They repair damaged blood vessels by forming a clot to stop the bleeding.
To produce platelet-rich plasma, a small amount of blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. This causes the platelets and plasma to separate out creating platelet-rich plasma.
Which conditions can PRP therapy treat?
PRP injections can benefit a wide range of conditions affecting your soft tissues, including sports injuries, osteoarthritis, patellar tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and resistant trochanteric bursitis.
PRP therapy can also be carried out following surgery to speed up your recovery.
Can it be used anywhere on the body?
PRP therapy can be used to treat the entire musculoskeletal system, from your shoulders to your ankles.
Will I be suitable for treatment?
We usually consider PRP therapy after trying more conservative treatments. These include rest, physiotherapy, medication and cortisone injections. Mr Nirav Shah will carry out a thorough assessment before recommending PRP therapy.
If you have severe anaemia or a low platelet count, you may not be suitable for treatment.
How long does the procedure take?
We can usually provide PRP treatment at your initial consultation – it takes less than 30 minutes. During the procedure Mr Shah will draw a small amount of blood to collect platelet-rich plasma from. This will then be carefully injected into the affected area. You’ll be able to go home straight away.
How much blood will be taken?
Around 15ml, which is roughly the equivalent of three teaspoons.
Will I need an anaesthetic?
You can choose to have a local anaesthetic to help make your PRP injection more comfortable.
When will I start to see results?
You should start to feel the benefits of your treatment within 1–6 weeks. These could include reduced pain and improved mobility. Mr Shah might recommend few treatments for the best result.
Will I need physiotherapy?
We sometimes recommend physiotherapy to aid your recovery following PRP treatment. Mr Shah works with several excellent physiotherapists who can provide ad-hoc or ongoing support.
Are the results temporary?
No, because we’re healing your soft tissues your results should be long lasting.
Is the procedure safe?
PRP therapy uses your own plasma and platelets, which reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. Risks from the injection itself include infection, pain, tissue damage and nerve damage. You will have the chance to discuss these at your initial consultation.
What are the side effects?
Following your injection, you’ll need to take it easy for a few days. You may experience some discomfort around the treated area.
How much does it cost?
PRP therapy costs from £350 per injection, plus the cost of your appointment. Check your insurance policy to see if it covers this procedure.
How do I book a consultation?
You can contact Mr Shah’s secretary to book your consultation by calling 01903 707373, or complete our online form and we’ll get straight back to you.
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