Our blood is made up of 44% red blood cells, 1% white blood cells and platelets and 55% plasma. Platelets are best known for their function of blood-clotting to stop bleeding. Platelets, however, are much more significant than this, as human platelets are also a critical component in injury healing.
Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is an autologous blood derivative- it is human blood that is spun in a centrifuge and separated producing a concentration of platelets above normal values. Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they also have great potential in enhancing healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments. Studies suggest that growth factors released by platelets recruit reparative cells, may augment tissue repair, and accelerate soft tissue healing.
The Surecell team is made up of the most experienced PRP doctors in Melbourne and across Australia, helping thousands of people overcome pain and loss of function due to musculoskeletal injuries and osteoarthritis. Read more about the benefits reported by our patients here.
The growth factors and platelets in the plasma promote cells to multiply and form new tissue accelerating and enhancing the healing process.
PRP contains a much higher concentration of platelets than normal blood. This means that higher concentrations of growth factors are being released into the injured area.
When compared to cortisone injections, PRP injections hold better results and last much longer. While the effects of cortisone are rapid, they are often followed by a decline in condition. PRP shows slower but greater long-term improvement and less injury recurrence.
To prepare, please drink plenty of water and eat healthily prior to treatment. Avoid smoking if possible.
Following the first PRP treatment, you will be provided with exercises and advice specific to your injury/problem area. We suggest undergoing a rehabilitation program designed by one of our physiotherapists or your regular therapist. This can be organised through any of our clinics.
Improvement will be a gradual process over the days to weeks following your treatment.
Frequency and number of treatments will depend on how severe the condition is.
For chronic joint injuries such as osteoarthritis, we recommend a course of three sessions, one week apart, followed by annual top up sessions.
For soft tissue injuries such as tendon tears, treatment involves three injections, two weeks apart.
For the treatment of burns or scars, treatment frequency will depend on severity.
As PRP is taken from your own blood, there are no risks of disease transmission or allergic reactions.
Sometimes PRP may aggravate the inflammatory response, causing a temporary increase in pain and swelling of the injured area. There may also be a local pressure effect from the injection of the fluid. These effects should subside within a few hours to days. If pain is severe, contact the doctor.
Each treatment is priced at $215 with a fee of $50 for each additional joint. We recommend booking an initial consultation with us to allow our doctor to access your condition and discuss treatment options in further detail.
Information adapted from https://www.surecell.com.au/platelet-rich-plasma-prp-2 1/11/2020