Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) uses the power of the human body’s natural systems to heal itself. Blood is made up of a range of cells including plasma, white cells, red cells and platelets. Platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that assist the body in healing itself. A PRP injection uses a high concentration of platelets at targeted sites to assist in accelerating the healing process.
Typically, two or more injections are required, separated six weeks apart. While this approach has been used overseas for many years, it is fairly new to Australia. It has also had positive results for patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.
On the day of the appointment, our radiologist or clinical assistant will draw a measure of blood. We then spin this in our centrifuge to separate the platelets to be injected into the area of concern.
There will be a gap of around 20-40 minutes between us drawing your blood and performing the injection.
Please note that this procedure is not Medicare Eligible so there will be a private cost involved.
Our practices are fully equipped and able to perform this procedure in a prompt manner.