PRP: using your body's own resources to treat arthritis, sports injuries, painful scars
PRP means "Platelet-Rich Plasma. Plasma is obtained by centrifugating a small amount of your blood and thereby removing red and white blood cells. It is the "clear" part of the blood, which, after the process of centrifugation, is very rich in platelets. These platelets are mainly involved in producing blood clots, but also contain a dozen identified growth and regeneration factors. These factors are able to improve or even repair damaged tissue, such as articular cartilage, tendon, ligaments, and painful scar tissue.
Only a few mililiters of your blood need to be taken, with a special syringe, and then it is inserted into the centrifugator. After 5 minutes, the process of separation is complete, and the PRP is ready for immediate injection into a joint, or aroud a tendon or ligament.
Conditions for which PRP can be used:
- degenerative joint disease: arthritis of any joint, cartilage lesions, wear of the load-bearing joint surfaces, provided that there is still some cartilage left: PRP will not work on "raw" bone.
- acute sports injuries, such as muscle sprains, tendon or ligament injuries.
- chronic sports injuries, such as Achille's tendinitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, jumper's knee, etc.
- painful scars