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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection

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Similar to an Autologous Blood Injection (ABI) a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection also exploits the healing factors found in platelets.

Unlike an ABI, a larger sample of blood is taken so that it is concentrated by spinning it in a centrifuge. A centrifuge separates the cells in blood into three main components: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The platelets are then selectively withdrawn and delivered to the diseased tendon, with an 8-10 fold increase in the number of platelets delivered. This is theoretically felt to improve the chances of healing, however is as yet is unproven.

As for Autologous Blood Injection, any tendon, ligament or muscle may be targeted for treatment.

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can be used for the treatment of osteoarthritis of joints in order to alleviate symptoms such as pain and stiffness, as well as to delay any proposed replacement surgery. This can be used for osteoarthritis of any joint, with common joints treated being the knee, ankle and hip.

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For more information read:
Melbourne Radiology Clinic - Patient Fact Sheet: Autologous Blood Injection & Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

For more information read:
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Osteoarthritis

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2013 19:12 )  
 
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