Can PRP Injections be an alternative to surgery?
Updated: Dec 29, 2018
Regenerative medicine is fast being a very popular form of biological treatment for a whole range of conditions, not just for competitive athletes. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are commonly used to treat individuals suffering with chronic joint pain like osteoarthritis, or have ligament or tendon injury, with good successful outcomes.
PRP is a form regenerative medicine treatment that encourages the body to repair damaged tissue and speed up recovery. Unfortunately many available treatments are treating the symptoms and masking the pain, However, PRP treatment stimulates our own healing mechanisms, treating the cause, naturally, without the use of harmful drugs.
Furthermore PRP treatment is easy to perform and minimally invasive. It uses specialised cells from your own blood to promote healing of muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, and is a very popular form of treatment for joint conditions like like osteoarthritis. PRP injection treatment is most commonly used for treating knee conditions arthritis and varying forms of tendinitis like - tennis and golfer’s elbow.
Here at Dynamic Regenerative Medicine Birmingham UK we specialise in PRP injection treatment, and have been performing Platelet Rich Plasma treatment now for many conditions with great clinical outcomes.
How does PRP treatment work?
Our blood is the reservoir of healing properties with in side our body. One specialised cells are - platelets, These platelets play a key role in the healing of damaged tissue. When we come across an injury, we use uses these platelets from our blood to stimulate repair and the healing of damaged tissue naturally. PRP involves injecting a high concentration of these platelets into an affected area to promote the body’s natural healing response to treat acute or chronic conditions. When platelets are injected they release growth factors which are key to tissue regeneration.
What to expect for PRP treatment
A small sample of your blood is taken and placed into a centrifuge, where the blood is separated. The platelet-rich plasma is then extracted, and then used for treatment. The process is quick – taking between about 30 minutes in total.
The body’s repair mechanism takes time to work but after a short period of 2-3 weeks the effects of the PRP injection will be felt.
What are the benefits of PRP treatment?
Patients who are good candidates can often see significant improvements in their symptoms which can remove the need for more invasive surgical procedures. PRP can also be used as a good alternative in cortisone injections.
Many of our patients like that there is no risks associated as it is a natural treatments with practically no side effects.
Most patients with pain will take Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS), but long term use of anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen, can cause issues with the stomach, heart and blood pressure.
The effectiveness of PRP treatment
A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed excellent rates of pain relief in patients with elbow tendinosis:
46% pain relief by 4 weeks 60% pain relief in 8 weeks 81% pain relief in 6 months
Overall, 93% of patients were completely satisfied with their treatment and it had enabled them to avoid surgery.
If you would like to know further information or have any questions about whether PRP injection treatment is right for you, or you would like to go ahead and book a FREE consultation with Dynamic Regenerative Medicine please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are offering PRP treatment in Birmingham and Solihull.
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