PRP is nowadays a medically-proven and accepted treatment for injuries and degenerative conditions of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. PRP is derived from the patient's own blood and is a concentrate of the patient's own platelet cells. Platelet cells contain multiple Growth Factors that stimulate tissue healing.
Tiger Woods PRP
Perhaps the most famous anecdote about PRP is that Tiger Woods had PRP to his knee and Achilles tendon and derived great benefit from it.
Conditions PRP beneficial for:
Tennis / Golfer's elbow
Acute muscle and ligament tears
Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
Rotater cuff tendinosis/partial tears (shoulder)
Wrist ligament chronic injuries
Knee degenerative conditions
There is no special preparation required for PRP. The patient does not need to fast.
The procedure itself may take only about 20 to 30 minutes.
Blood will be taken from your elbow in the same way as any other blood-drawing. This will be prepared and centrifuged for about 10 minutes, to give 2ml of PRP. Local anaesthetic will then be given to the area of injury, followed by injection of the PRP.
You will be able to do normal daily activities with no downtime. Return to sports or vigorous activities varies depending on the condition, but may range from 2 to 4 weeks.
For more severe conditions, a course of 2 to 3 injections may be required. These are given at two-weekly intervals.
Blood drawn from the elbow
The blood centrifuged against a counter-weight