Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a non-surgical treatment that helps to repair damaged soft tissues by boosting your body’s natural healing process.
The treatment involves taking a small amount of blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to create platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are cell fragments, which help your blood to clot. They contain proteins, which encourage healing and stimulate tissue regeneration.
By injecting platelet-rich plasma into damaged soft tissues, we facilitate the body’s own healing process to provide along-lasting improvement.
While PRP therapy is great for treating acute injuries such as muscle tears and ligament sprains, it can also be used to help chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.
It’s typically used to treat osteoarthritis in the knee joint, but we can treat other joints too, including the hip and ankle.
The benefits of PRP therapy for arthritis
Platelet-rich plasma therapy isn’t recommended for every patient suffering from arthritis, but for the right cases it can improve symptoms without the need to resort to surgical treatment. The whole procedure can be carried out as an outpatient in less than 30 minutes. You can go home straight away.
Because PRP therapy is ‘autologous’ and uses your own platelets, there are very few risks associated with the procedure. There’s also minimal downtime. You may experience some discomfort and swelling over the first couple of days, and you’ll need to rest during this time.
Within 2 to 6 weeks, you should start to feel the benefits of your treatment, including reduced pain and improved mobility. In some cases, this can make other treatments such as physiotherapy viable and more effective.
PRP therapy can also help to maintain the condition of your cartilage, preventing further damage and sometimes even repairing existing damage.
It’s a relatively new treatment for arthritis, and more research is needed to fully appreciate the benefits of PRP therapy. However, early indications from Mr Shah’s patients show that it’s a valuable treatment, bridging the gap between conservative treatments like physiotherapy and surgical treatments such as arthroscopy.
Currently, PRP therapy for arthritis isn’t available through the NHS. To find out more about PRP therapy on a private basis, call us on 01903 707373 or get in touch through our online contact form.
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