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PRP Therapy for Joints

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Chronic or Acute Back, Neck or Joint Pain can affect the quality of your life.

Relieve the pain and improve the quality of your life with PRP Therapy Treatments, the latest innovative procedure from Bioscor International.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced when red blood cells are separated from the plasma and white blood cells in a specialised centrifuge. The layer of plasma white blood cells and platelets are known as PRP. Normal platelet concentration is 200,000 platelets/ul, PRP has a baseline of 1,000,000 platelets/ul.

Why Platelets?
Platelets are a component of blood and considered the most important in stimulating the healing response of injured tissue. We are all familiar with a cut on our skin and the clot that forms within minutes to stop the bleeding. Platelets are responsible for creating the blood clot, which stops the bleeding but they also activate the repair of the damaged tissue. The process for the repair of the skin is no different than it is for the repair of other tissue types, such as tendons, ligaments, joints, and cartilage of our musculoskeletal system. Based on this principle, platelets are now able to be extracted from your blood and put back into areas of the body which suffer from chronic injuries. By placing concentrated platelets and white blood cells into areas which have a limited blood supply the injured area gets “jump started” to heal. The platelets and white blood cells begin creating a network of fibres and proteins to begin rebuilding and bring growth factors for all cells involved in rebuilding and regenerating.

Platelets contain many proteins and growth factors (IGF-1, TGF-Beta, VEGF, PDGF, and BFGF) which are secreted when they become activated and signal the migration of cells to produce enzymes necessary to digest the old injured tissue and proteins and growth factors to create new tissue. One important cell which is recruited is the mesenchymal stem cell. As we have heard in the news – stem cells rejuvenate any tissue they come in contact.

As described above the platelets are powerful messenger cells for healing, but credit is also due to the white blood cells as they also contain important cytokines and enzymes. Cytokines (interleukins and lymphokines) are considered regulatory proteins which help to generate an immune response. It is the white blood cells which are considered responsible for long-term tissue regeneration via macrophages and increased monocyte adherence. As for infection, it should be noted that the white blood cells also significantly inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, two common bacteria responsible for wound infections.

What general conditions can be treated with PRP?
Many different types of musculoskeletal injuries and pain respond well to PRP treatment. Some common conditions include, but are not limited to:
– Tendonitis/tendonosis
– Musculoskeletal pain related to osteoarthritis
– Degenerative joint disease
– Degenerative disc disease
– Rotator cuff partial tears
– Chronic strains and/or sprains
– Low back pain
– Neck pain
– Plantar fasciitis
– Bursitis
– Carpel tunnel syndrome
– Whiplash injuries
– Migraine headaches
– Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
– Sciatica

When should PRP be used first?
As mentioned above if your injury is severe enough to warrant surgery and/or your joint degeneration has progressed to moderate/severe, PRP should be considered prior to the more invasive surgical option. If you have a tear in the meniscus (knee cartilage) or the labrum (shoulder cartilage) PRP will deliver and recruit the necessary blood growth factors and stem cells to repair these types of tissues.

How does it work?
Following an initial consultation and evaluation, treatment options will be discussed and information will be provided for you to make an informed decision regarding your treatment. A full explanation of the procedure including risks and benefits will be reviewed. On the day of your PRP treatment, blood is drawn from your arm and placed in a special centrifuge unit which separates platelets, white blood cells and serum from red blood cells. The platelets and white blood cells are then concentrated and collected into a sterile syringe. Your skin and soft tissue are first anaesthetized with local anaesthetic followed by the injection of the PRP. Depending on the area(s) being treated, one or more injections may be made.

 

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