Platelet rich plasma (PRP) / Autologous blood / Orthobiologic

What is it?

The procedure involves taking the patient’s blood and concentrating the levels of platelets and growth factors to promote healing in injured tissue. PRP can treat recent injury, inflammation and longterm degenerative disease.  

What conditions does it treat?

  • Tendinopathy / tendinitis / tendinosis (including jumper’s knee, Achilles heel, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow among others)
  • Osteoarthritis (wear and repair)
  • Muscle injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Cartilage (chondral) injuries involving the lining of the bones
  • Plantar fasciitis 

How does it work?

The procedure involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. This concentrates the platelets and growth factors before injecting them into the injured body part to promote the body’s own healing response

How long does it take to work?

Pain relief usually occurs in 4-6 weeks. Advanced or complex cases, may take up to 4-6 months.

When can I return to work after the procedure?

It is best to refrain from activities that provoke pain for 2 days. Very strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting or repetitive exercise, should be avoided for up to 2 weeks.