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PRP Injections

PRP centrifuge

PRP injections are often referred to as 'blood injections' and they are commonly used in elite athletes to aid fast recovery from injury. There have been many positive research trials demonstrating successful treatments for a number of conditions.  PRP can be used for:

  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Meniscus/Cartilage Tears
  • Achilles Tendon Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Wrist Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Muscle Tears

PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. PRP is a relatively new technique for the UK, however it has been used for over 20 years in the USA and Canada. PRP is fast becoming the treatment of choice in place of corticosteroids.   PRP involves taking a small sample of blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge. After spinning for approximately 8 minutes the blood is separated into the red blood cells and proteins. The proteins are then drawn up into a syringe and injected into the injury.   The PRP process takes roughly 30 minutes. The theory behind PRP is based on the regeneration of tissues rather than temporarily stopping inflammation. The platelets of the blood contain many growth factors that help to rebuild the body’s tissues.

Please note that ALL of our injections are Ultrasound guided. Research has shown significantly better outcomes when using guided versus unguided injections simply because you can be sure to target the specific injury.

Find out more about PRP injections.