ULTRASOUND GUIDED Platelet Rich Plasma (prp) INJECTIONS
Ultrasound Guided PRP therapy is available at our clinic centers for sports injuries, arthritic conditions, and tendon problems. All our injections are ultrasound guided to ensure the accuracy of the treatment we offer.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy ?
PRP therapy is relatively a new innovative regenerative therapy. PRP contains natural growth factors and vital proteins that can help heal injured tendons / ligaments and other soft tissue. Also, promotes natural healing in the mild to moderate stages of joint arthritis. Please proceed to FAQ or further details.
Due to PRP’s ability to heal and even regenerate injured or overused tendons, ligaments, and joints, providing some patients with an alternative to surgery. PRP therapy may reduce the required healing time for the injuries; otherwise, athletes/ sports professionals may require a longer period of rest from their sports-related activities.
If you are experiencing painful joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments please get in touch for a diagnostic scan and treatment
Commonly treated conditions with PRP
- Arthritic joints ( Early or Moderate Stages). Ex: Knee, Hip, Foot & Ankle, shoulder, wrist & hand and elbow joints.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries ( Wrist joint and tendons) : Typist, Builders, Carpenters, Electricians.
- Sports injuries : Ligament sprain. Tendon and Muscle strains.
- Tennis elbow (Outer side of elbow pain)
- Golfers elbow (Inner side of elbow pain)
- Plantar fasciitis ( Heel pain)
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy ( front of the knee pain)
- Runners Knee
- Supraspinatus tendinopathy ( shoulder pain)
- Trochanteric pain ( Hip pain at pocket level)
- Tendon Problems
- Long head of biceps tendon ( Biceps)
Ultrasound GUIDED PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)injection faqs
Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) treatment process:
- The clinician draws some blood from the patient vein, who is receiving the PRP injection.
- PRP is separated from whole blood, by using a centrifuge machine. PRP contains up to 3-10 times rich in growth factors, in comparison to the whole blood.
- Finally, PRP’s are injected into the treatment area under ultrasound guidance for treatment accuracy.
Advantages of ‘one-stop clinic’?
- Patient consultation, diagnosis, and PRP treatment can be carried out in the same appointment, all together in a maximum of 2 hours time.
- This is an outpatient procedure. Patient can return home after waiting for 20-30 minutes in the clinic waiting area.
- PRP injection is prepared from the same person’s blood, who is receiving the PRP Injection.
- You do not a GP or specialist referral. Self referral is accepted.
How does PRP work?
Platelets contain growth factors, which are important in the healing process of the soft tissue / joints. PRP contains 3-10 times more concentrated platelets in comparison to the normal whole blood. Hence, PRP injections have the ability to expedite the natural healing process of the injured area.
What are platelets?
A Platelet is a small colourless disc-shaped cell fragment without a nucleus, found in large numbers in blood and involved in clotting.
How do i prepare for PRP treatment appointment?
You can contact us for a free telephone conversation.
- ***** Please, do not take anti-inflammatory medication for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after the PRP treatment ******
- If you are taking anticoagulant therapy you may have to stop taking 24hrs before the injection.
- Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing, as you need to remove clothing and jewelry in the area to be treated.
- Please arrange alternative transport to return home. This is due to your motor insurance will not be valid to drive, also you may be in pain to drive after the PRP injection. Either bring your partner, family member or friend with you or use a taxi or public transport to return home.
- No other preparation is required.
What is the PRP success rate?
PRP therapy’s success rate is considerably variable. This depends on the condition being treated, patient age, and health status. Patient perception also plays an important role. The reported success rates in the literature have been largely anecdotal. PRP success in the treatment of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) has been reported in up to 80-90% in some studies, Achilles tendonitis 70-80% and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) 60-70%. Overall, the success rate is 60 – 70%.
What should i expect after having PRP?
You will experience some discomfort and pain during and after the treatment. Try controlling pain by using an Ice pack or paracetamol.
- Do not take anti-inflammatory medications (Ex: Ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac )
- Prepared to take at least 2 days of relative rest, after the PRP treatment.
- Do not carry out exercises for 2 weeks.
- Please, contact health care professionals if needed any further help.
What are the possible risks/side effects?
Though the whole procedure is carried out with great care and caution, some rare side effects and risks are possible.
- Infection – Very rare.
- Bleeding to the treatment area.
- Temporary flare-up, numbness, pins and needles, and tingling.
- Swelling, bruising, redness to the treatment area.
- No symptomatic relief.
- Flare-up: temporarily increased pain to the treatment area for few days to weeks (Especially tendon treatment flare-up can last up to 2 -3 weeks).
- Tendon, blood vessel, nerve damage – Rare with ultrasound guided injections.
No symptomatic relief.
Can i be allergic to the procedure?
Though it is extremely rare, some patients may experience allergic reactions to their own serum, other substrates of the PRP or local anesthesia is used for numbing.
Who is not suitable for PRP therapy?
If you are diagnosed with the following conditions or treatments, you should notify us.
- Active cancer
- Hemophilic disorders
- Some blood-thinning medications
- Joint replacement/metal to the area of PRP treatment
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AREAS COVERED BY JOINT CARE CLINICS
We cover a wide area throughout Warwickshire and surrounds, either by home visit or clinics in the following areas: Rugby, Coventry, Warwick, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Leamington Spa, Stratford, Kenilworth, Whitnash, Atherstone, Bedworth, Leicester and Nuneaton. We also have clinics throughout the West Midlands including Birmingham and Solihull. We have a clinic in Newcastle covering the North East.
If you do not see your area listed please still get in touch as we may be able to refer you to another practitioner in your area.