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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment that stimulates the body’s natural healing process and uses the patient’s own cells to promote accelerated healing of certain musculoskeletal conditions, sporting injuries and arthritic joints. It works by delivering powerful growth factors that stimulate and improve blood supply to the injured area and the nutrients needed for cells to regenerate the damaged tissue.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is available through at our Gold Coast Medical Centre within the Eastbrooke Family Clinic Southport. To make an enquiry please call (07) 5557 7888.

PRP works by recreating and stimulating the body’s own natural healing process. When tissue is injured, the body responds by sending specific ‘super healer’ cell types to the site of injury to start the repairing process and regeneration of new tissue. These ‘super healers’ are platelets and contain growth factors that initiate and accelerate repair and regeneration of new cells.

Usually, in areas of the body that have a good blood supply with high cell turnover, the arteries will deliver platelets quickly to the injured tissue so that the healing and regeneration of new tissue can begin, similar to what occurs when you cut your skin. The problem with some tissues including joint surfaces, tendons, bones, muscles, and some areas of skin is that they have a limited blood supply with a slow cell turnover and therefore heal slowly. These areas may require a helping hand to initiate the repair process, and this is where PRP therapy can help. PRP delivers the necessary growth factors and cells directly to the injured sites to regenerate the damaged tissue.

PRP was first used in cardiac surgery in 1987. More recently it has been utilised in plastic surgery, chest surgery, implant surgery, and spinal fusion surgery. Latest advancements in technology have allowed PRP applications to be performed in the outpatient clinic setting. Latest PRP research in the fields of orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and wound healing applications has provided excellent outcomes.

PRP injections are safe. There is little chance for rejection because the material being injected back in to the patient is from their own blood. The PRP injection also carries less chance for infection than an incision, with a considerably shorter recovery time than after surgery.

The Procedure

The procedure involves drawing approximately 15-30mls of blood from the patient much in the same way blood is taken for a blood test.  The blood is spun and the platelet rich plasma which separates from the red blood cells is injected into the injured area.  Depending on the location of the area to be treated, the patient may be given a local anaesthetic to make the injection more comfortable. The whole process takes 30-45 minutes and multiple areas can be treated.

Which areas can be treated?

PRP is often injected into areas of the body such as:

  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Feet
  • Wound ulcers and scars

PRP also has aesthetic and cosmetic benefits and is used to treat:

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Visible signs of ageing and sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Shallow wrinkles and lines
  • Appearance of scars
  • Overall health and elasticity of the skin
  • Stimulate health of hair follicles and scalp to promote hair regrowth

 It is always best to discuss the use of any medical therapy with either your GP or treating specialist as they will be the best person to advise whether PRP may be of benefit to you. Further information is available at www.alocuro.com.au

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is available at the following Eastbrooke Medical Centres:

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