PRP has been one of our most popular skin rejuvenation treatments for many years. This treatment utilises the healing components of your own blood to stimulate the repair and renewal of cells. These healing benefits are also a popular and effective treatment for tendonitis and joint pain, which is offered by Dr Albert at Applecross clinic.
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a preparation of the patient's own blood plasma with an increased platelet concentration. This is produced by centrifuging a larger volume of the patient’s whole blood. Platelets are the portion of the blood that contain a plethora of growth factors that can stimulate the body's natural healing process HOW IS THE TREATMENT PERFORMED?
A volume of your blood will be taken and spun at extremely high speed in a centrifuge, until the different components separate. The part containing PRP, is drawn into various syringes and injected into the joint and/or surrounding tendons using fine needles. PRP triggers a natural wound healing response, stimulating the release of growth factors and leading to renewal of collagen and repair of the damaged tissue.
The benefits will be felt over the coming weeks.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? While there is mixed evidence about the outcome of PRP treatments for tendonitis and joint pain, due to factors such as the varied general health of the patients and their blood chemistry, varied treatment areas and varied treatment plans, many people worldwide report fantastic results from this treatment. This includes professional sportsmen with chronic or acute injuries.
The benefits of PRP include:
Reduced pain and swelling
Decreased need for irritating anti-inflammatory medicines
100% your own body's product and healing mechanism
Improved movement, due to decreased pain
Accelerate repair of injury
WHO IS SUITABLE? These treatments can be used in consenting healthy adults as a relief for diagnosed tendonitis or joint pain in various parts of the body including the elbows, ankles and knees. A medical consult will be conducted to ensure suitability. The contraindications in the section below indicate those who are not suitable. In the current circumstances on Covid-19 lockdowns, this treatment is not suitable for anyone who is currently unwell, has recently returned from overseas or been in contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
PRECAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS Like any invasive medical procedure, these treatments do have some risks which will be discussed with you at your initial consultation. Because the PRP is 100% your own, there is no risk to be allergic to it, however, like all invasive procedures, the most common adverse effect is risk of infection. Diagnostic imaging may be ordered prior to treatment.
Ladies who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. This treatment is not recommended for people on anti-coagulation treatment, those with autoimmune conditions, people who have suffered any type of cancer or who have certain implants in the treatment area. Your past and present medical history will be assessed by the doctor on consultation to determine your suitability.
WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?
PRP injections can potentially have an uncomfortable or stinging sensation but are surprisingly not overly painful. Different approaches to pain relief can be discussed with you on consultation if you are particularly concerned. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE THE TREATMENT? 3 treatments are recommended. 4 weeks between each treatment.
In some patients 1 treatment is sufficient. WHAT ARE THE COSTS? An initial medical consult will be bulk billed to determine your suitability for treatment and if any diagnostic imaging is necessary. This will be followed by your prescribed treatment plan. $250 per treatment
Prepay 3 treatments for $650
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