Jointcare - Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections
We are proud to be the first clinic in Guernsey to offer this cutting edge treatment which enhances healing of your joints and tendons through the power of your own cells.
PRP is a concentration of platelets in a small volume of plasma that is prepared by centrifugation of your blood. Platelets were initially known to be responsible for blood clotting, however they are also a potent source of growth factors and other bioactive proteins that enhance the natural healing and growth processes.
PRP is an emerging treatment in a new health sector known as “orthobiologics”: the philosophy of which is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s ability to heal itself. When injected under ultrasound guidance the concentrated platelets release huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that help to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. PRP therefore initiates the biological processes necessary for the repair of damaged or worn tissue, such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle.
A recent systematic review of all the research literature has confirmed the benefit of PRP in alleviating pain in osteoarthritis of the knee. It can be used to treat all other osteoarthritic joints such as the ankle, thumb, big toe and hip.
PRP is increasingly being used to treat tennis or golfer’s elbow as well as many other tendinopathies. It can be used as an alternative to a steroid injection, which in tennis elbow has been shown to cause increased pain 6 months after treatment (worse than a placebo injection!). PRP can also be used to treat partial tendon, ligament or muscle tears. It can be used to treat both acute and chronic injuries and may be recommended where conservative rehabilitation has failed.