What exactly is PRP?

Suffering from Osteoarthritis or damaged joints?  Let us introduce you to PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).

In 1999 and the early 2000’s, an Orthopedic Surgeon in California used PRP therapy as a part of the treatment for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Bono’s torn Achilles Tendon. This is one of the first reports of PRP being used in Sports Medicine. Now PRP is widely used around the world to help treat the pain and suffering of millions of everyday people who are struggling with Osteoarthritis pain.

We asked Doctor Ken Cameron to answer a few questions regarding PRP and his service in particular:

Q. Can you explain PRP in layman’s terms?
A. The concentrated platelets emit growth factors that have a “healing hit” to the damaged tissue. Stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanism, new blood vessels formation, and stimulating cellular repair for tissue regeneration.
Treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma involves taking your blood, extracting the plasma, and then injecting the platelet-rich portion into and around the damaged tissue/joint.

Q. What are some of the results or feedback you have received from your patients?
A. In the last 5 years we can claim improvement in about 85% of the cases we treat. Most of our patients are through word-of-mouth with positive and rewarding feedback from patients. We have many patients express their pain relief post-PRP, improving their quality of life, lifestyle, sleep, and even allowing some patients to cease taking strong pain medications.

Q. What areas of the body best respond to PRP?
A. Osteoarthritic or damaged knees, hips, ankles, shoulders (joint and tendon tears), thumbs, elbows, acute and chronic injuries, partial tears, sprains, tendonitis, muscle injuries.

Q. Why does your PRP Treatment differ from others?
A. Not all PRP is equal. Our system has a higher count of active high quality platelets delivered to the target area. Alocoro devices, which I use exclusively, enable us to collect 95% platelets for a highly concentrated and quality PRP.

Q. What are the risks and side effects of PRP injections?
A. The risks of PRP are relatively low, as the patient is receiving an injection of their own blood, within 10 mins of the blood sample being collected. There is very little risk of rejection or allergic reaction. Reduced activity is suggested for the remainder of the day, with a return to normal activity over the next two days. Post-injection pain is usually mild, sometimes only needing analgesia (paracetemol).

Q. How long does the process take?
A. The procedure takes approx 30 minutes.

Q. How quickly can patients expect to see results?
A. You can usually start to see improvement within two to six weeks post-injection. Most people require two injections, some may require three. It’s definitely worth seriously considering, especially for those experiencing chronic pain.

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We are extremely lucky to have Dr Nicci Drew providing PRP services at our sister clinic Medical on Robina. Please call us on (07) 5690 1290 to arrange an appointment.