Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Developed in the 1970’s, this therapy harnesses the healing properties of one’s own blood cells to stimulate soft tissue healing and relieve pain.
Platelets within the blood have significant regenerative properties that also draw upon the help of stem cells. This interventional therapy involves harvesting the patient’s own blood. Once the blood is collected it is spun in a centrifuge to yield a concentrated solution of platelets. This highly concentrated solution is then immediately injected into the treatment area. PRP essentially activates the body’s own healing and regenerating response.
PRP has applications in painful musculoskeletal conditions such as spinal, sacroiliac and knee osteoarthritis. The treatment is useful in areas of the body where blood supply is limited, which prevents the body from being able to heal itself. PRP injections can bypass the inhibited vascular access and directly target the site of pain.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Northern Pain Centre can facilitate you obtaining a second opinion. Please discuss this with us.
- Educational Video: Platelet Rich Plasma Animation
- Northern Pain Centre Patient Education Sheet – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
- Northern Pain Centre Patient Education Sheet – Preoperative Medication List – Category B