Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an injection-based therapy, used for the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
PRP injections are prepared by taking samples of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets.
These activated platelets are then injected directly into the area of concern. This releases growth factors. Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a healing response. By injecting PRP into areas of an injury, the hope is to stimulate and optimize your body's ability to heal the chronic conditions.
We advise you not to drive for 24 hours following the procedure, so please take this into consideration when scheduling your appointment.
As PRP therapy involves the removal of some blood, it’s important that you seek advice from your referring health professional if you are taking any anti-coagulant or blood thinning medication.
You will be escorted into the ultrasound room and asked to lie or sit depending on the joint or area in question.
The injection site will be cleaned with antiseptic and blood will be drawn to spin in the centrifuge. Once spun in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated from being just fluid, to being red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The area of your body being treated with PRP will be numbed with local anaesthetic and the platelets will be injected back into the targeted area under ultrasound guidance.
Gentle activity and rest is advised for the first 48 hours following your PRP injection before resuming to normal activities.
A moderate amount of discomfort is expected in the two to five days following the procedure. Simple pain relief medications such as paracetamol can be taken to relieve the discomfort.
• Your original referral or request form
• Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
• Previous relevant imaging
Please allow up to 30 minutes.
Although unlikely, an infection could occur following the procedure. If the area becomes red, warm or tender, please consult your referring health professional.