What is involved in a PRP treatment?
The most important aspect is to make a correct diagnosis. All our surgeons are fully qualified, have reached Consultant status, have done extensive research into PRP and performed thousands of treatments. You will find their descriptions under "Our consultants".
You may come to the clinic with a diagnosis already made, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, or just simply in pain or discomfort. You will have a full consultation with the Surgeon, after which he may recommend some investigations to confirm the diagnosis. This may be an X ray or MRI. We have facilities local to the clinic and have organised a fast-track to diagnosis. If you have the results of any tests, please bring them along.
If the surgeon feels that you will benefit from PRP you may receive the treatment on the same day.
Blood will be taken and the PRP extracted in the centrifuge. Preparation and extraction of the PRP takes about 10 minutes.
Under ultrasound guidance the PRP is injected exactly where the healing is required. This can be a little tender so local anaesthetic or ice can be used. The injection takes literally a few minutes. You will be aware of a dull aching sensation afterwards but it is tolerable. You will be able to return home or to work after the treatment.
The surgeon will then suggest a repeat treatment. Normally two or three follow-ups are necessary to achieve the best result. The surgeon will also tell you what sort of activities you may return to.
After PRP for torn muscles you will receive a massage that distributes the PRP amongst the muscle fibres for the best results.
Stretch and release massage
Thai Yoga massage is an amazing massage that stretches and relaxes tight muscle, encouraging the blood supply around the injured area and removing toxins and damaged cells. It's also a great way to relax and rewind and allow the PRP treatment to work at its best.
Nutrition is the key to healing and wellbeing. If necessary we can recommend some nutritional supplements to assist in the healing process.
Can I improve the results of the PRP?
PRP Treatment London Platelet Rich Plasma PRP is your platelets. The better the quality of your platelets then the better quality the PRP will be. You can influence the quality of your platelets in simple ways - basically by being healthy in yourself. Healthy body = healthy platelets = healthy PRP:
- Don't smoke.
- Avoid excess sunbathing and sunburn (UV light damages the immune system). Some sun is essential for our immune system; 15 minutes per day.
- Eat well - brightly coloured fresh fruit and vegetables, preferably organic.
- Sleep well.
- Exercise sensibly.
- Take a multivitamin/mineral mix if your lifestyle is a bit hectic.