Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP Australia Phone : (03) 8312-7200

Helps in recovery from tendon and muscle injuries.

Musculoskeletal injuries are common in athletes and in the general population with increasing physical awareness and increasing regular physical activity. Platelet rich plasma injection (PRP injection) is a safe and effective method which can be used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal injuries including that of tendons, muscles and joints.

What is a PRP injection?

PRP or PLATELET RICH PLASMA, is a concentrated version of blood that is rich with healing and growth factors. PRP can be injected into the patient's injured tissue in order to decrease pain and heal certain injuries.
It involves taking out a small amount of the patient's own blood, spinning it at a high speed in a specialized centrifuge, which then concentrates and separates a component of the blood called PLATELETS. The highly concentrated platelets are then injected into the injured tendons and muscles. Platelets release numerous growth factors which help regenerate tissue to some extent and hence help in the repair of the injured tendon and muscle.
In typical cases, 1-2 injections (rarely more) may be required, separated by 4-6 weeks apart, depending on your injury and response.

PRP can be injected into:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hamstring tendons
  • Adductor tendons
  • Gluteal tendons

Treatment Process

1. A healthy blood sample (30-60mL) is drawn from patient's arm.

2. The sample is spun down at high speeds in a fully automated centrifuge and the concentrated Platelate Rich Plasma is separated.

3. Platelet Rich Plasma is then extracted automatically from the sample. This is the injected at the injury site by the Doctor using Ultrasound guidance.

4. The process may need to be repeated in 4-6 weeks depending on patient's injury and response.

Megellan PRP system

MEGELLAN PRP Sytem
Fully automated, high quality PRP processing system is used for the treatment.

PRP Injection treatment in Media

Sandiego Union Tribune

Sandiego Union Tribune

Padres' Rea to forgo surgery, receive PRP injection

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Sandiego Union Tribune

ET Healthworld

PRP injections: New alternative to knee surgery

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Sandiego Union Tribune

The Washington Post

I’ll never go through shoulder surgery again, so here’s what I did

When I tore my rotator cuff in 2008, I had conventional laparoscopic surgery to repair it. The outcome was excellent, but the recovery was long and horrible. The orthopedist wouldn’t let me drive for six weeks, or run, swim or lift weights for three months... (Read full article)

Frequently Asked Questions about PRP Injection Treatment

What is PRP Injection treatment?

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, is an injection into the injured tendons.
Platelets release numerous growth factors which help regenerate tissue and help in the repair of the injured tendon and muscle.

A small amount of healthy blood sample from the patient. A specialized centrifuge spins the blood sample at a high speed, which concentrates and separates a component of the blood called Platelets.
The highly concentrated platelets are then injected into the injured tendons and muscles.

Typically 1-2 injections are required (rarely more), separated by 4-6 weeks apart, depending on your injury and response.
PRP Injection is not recommended for patients with severe anaemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection or those with an active cancer.

What conditions can be treated with PRP?

PRP is most commonly used for chronic muscle or tendon injuries that have not healed with initial treatments. PRP Injections can treat a number of conditions for the arm, shoulder, elbow, lower leg, knee, feet and hip. The followings are common conditions which can be treatet with PRP injection. Please consult with your physician for a complete listing.

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hamstring tendons
  • Adductor tendons
  • Gluteal tendons

Goals of treatment

The goal of PRP injection is to help the body heal itself. PRP injections aim to stimulate the inflammatory process which in turn will encourage the healing process. PRP focuses on restoring normal tissue composition while avoiding further degeneration.
PRP can potentially accelerate muscle healing and reduce injury time. The early blood clot can be substituted by PRP with its supraphysiological concentration of growth factors which stimulates the healing process.

Common risks/complications

Platelet injections are safe since you are using your own blood components. There are no foreign substances being injected into your body.
However there is a minimal risk of an infection at the injection site, even though the treatment procedure is performed with sterile precautions. There is some risk of infection in any kind of injections.



How does PRP Injection treatment work?

PRP injection releases a large amount of growth factors at the site of injury. These platelets induce an inflammatory response to initiate healing. The platelets are able to restore tendons and ligamentous proteins as well as making firmer and more resilient cartilage.

How quickly does PRP injection treatment work?

Most patients see some improvement within 2-6 weeks. The pain becomes less and less as the weeks pass. It is important to refrain from significant physical activity for one week after the injection.


Is the treatment painful?

Patients usually tolerate the injection well. However, there can be soreness after the injection due to the PRP-induced inflammatory response. You can expect swelling and soreness during the first 48 hours post injection and if unbearable pain medication (e.g. Paracetamol) and cool compresses may help alleviate the discomfort. NSAIDs like Nurofen, Voltaren, Mobic should not be taken for 10 days prior to the procedure.



Treatment Centre in Australia

FMIG

FMIG St. Albans

101 Main Road West, St Albans, VIC 302
Phone: (03) 8312 7200

Future Medical Imaging Group (FMIG) was founded ten years ago by a group of dynamic and experienced Radiologists.
These committed Radiologists recognised the need to accommodate both patients and their referring Doctors, seeking specialised treatment with the highest level of efficiency and quality of care in Melbourne.
FMIG has installed the latest, fully automated equipment for concentrating and separating the platelets, with a completely closed system, thereby minimizing the manual handling of the blood and consequently the risk of infection.

Treatment Centre

FMIG St. Albans

Address:
101 Main Road West, St Albans, VIC 302
Phone:
(03) 8312 7200
Fax:
(03) 8312 7220
Parking:
Underground parking via Glendenning St.
Melwway Ref:
Map 25 K1
Transport:
Bus route:408, 418, 419, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425.
Train: St Albans Station, St Albans Line
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Sat: 9.00am - 1.00pm