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Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)

  • What are they?
    • Platelets are cells contained in the blood. They are extracted from the blood and injected into injured areas
  • How do they work?
    • Platelets are thought to release multiple healing factors. It is thought that these factors may stimulate injured tissue to heal
  • Is there any evidence?
    • There is positive evidence for a number of different pathologies. The total evidence base is probably best described as unsure. There are well designed studies in progress for a definitive answer
  • What are they used for?
    • PRP has been trialled in many conditions including tendon disorders, joint cartilage lesions, bone healing and intraoperative tendon repairs. QSports is only injecting tendinopathies at present
  • How is it done?
    • An assessment is made for suitability for the injections. Patients must be off anti-inflammatories
    • Blood is taken from the arm
    • The blood is centrifuged into layers
    • A specific layer is then extracted and activated
    • Area of concern is given local anaesthetic
    • Under US guidance the PRP is injected
  • Are there any side effects?
    • Some people get a short term acute flare
    • The pain of the local anaesthetic injection
  • When do I feel better?
    • It takes some where between 2-6 weeks to take effect. Sometimes more than 1 is required
  • Can I get more information?

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