Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections?
PRP injections are made up of your own blood, which has been processed to extract plasma and platelets, in order to treat chronic joint or back pain. It is also used in skin rejuvenation for cosmetic reasons or scar treatment.
The History of PRP
In the 1970s, platelets were believed to be the cause of atherosclerosis, but were also found to be beneficial to the body's healing process. In the 80s, PRP was used to enhance healing in open heart surgery and in the 90s, it was used for bone grafts, skin grafts and dental defects.
What is it used for?
It is mainly used for chronic joint pains e.g. osteoarthritis of the hips, knees, back, shoulders, wrists; muscle tears; ligament or tendon injuries; frozen shoulders; tennis or golfer elbows; and bursitis. It may also help to diminish thick scars.
How does it work?
Your body has a natural capacity for healing. You can see this healing mechanism in action whenever you have a cut or a bruise that heals with time. When blood is released into an injured area, it starts a healing chain reaction, which takes about 4-6 weeks to complete. With PRP injections, this healing capacity is harnessed and directed into areas in need. When compared to cortisone injections, PRP shows better results over a longer period. While the effects of cortisone are rapid, they are often followed by a decline in condition. PRP, however shows slower but greater long term improvements and less recurrence.
How can I book a treatment?
To make an appointment you can call NIIM Gold Coast on 07 5562 5333 and ask to make an appointment with Dr Binjemain for PRP. Alternatively, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring any recent scans or xrays along with you to your consultation.