What is orthopaedic PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, i.e. platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are cells found in the blood to stop bleeding. Plasma refers to all liquid blood that does not contain blood cells.
Normally, the growth factors are very diluted and make up only 1% of the blood. For approx. 200 years ago, it was discovered that these growth factors also have an effective effect on inflammation.
How does orthopaedic treatment with PRP work?
In most clinics, the treatment is performed by drawing 15 ml of blood from a vein in your arm, like a normal blood test. The blood is then centrifuged in a centrifuge to extract the growth factors from your platelet-rich plasma. The growth factors are then injected into the area to be treated.
The platelet-rich plasma can be injected into hair, skin and orthopaedic conditions such as joints and muscles.
Why does PRP work for orthopaedic purposes?
By centrifuging your blood in a centrifuge, you can easily extract the platelet-rich plasma from it. Platelet-rich plasma contains lots of proteins, hormones and growth factors (your own). These growth factors have been shown to be effective in treating worn joints and common orthopaedic conditions such as inflammation.
By injecting PRPinto a tennis elbow, for example, growth factors are delivered directly to the inflamed joint, accelerating the healing process of the inflamed joint. With this method, you get all the growth factors in one place in a concentrated form, which makes the treatment particularly effective.