Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a treatment where we use the healing factors from your own body to heal injuries to various connective tissues. This means we can heal injuries and inflammation in Joints, tendons, ligaments and a variety of other body parts. If you are unsure weather PRP can help your condition, please ask a Surecell doctor in your country or book an international doctor consultation via Skype.
PRP uses your body's own healing mechanism - the platelets - to heal injuries in Tendons, Bones and Muscles. In other words "musculoskeletal conditions".
When you cut your finger the platelets in your blood clot to form a protective layer around the injury. They also emit Growth Factors which helps healing your cut. Growth Hormone is one of many growth factors that we know.
PRP uses this mechanism for medicine. We take a small amount of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red and white blood cells (these are not responsible for healing). After separation the plasma and platelets are treated with light for 10 minutes and injected exactly where your injury is.
##This helps your body heal in the long term and in a very healthy way.
Please watch the video below for a very short introduction. You can find more of our educational PRP videos here
The human musculoskeletal system is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.
Other than spinal cord injuries PRP is a suitable treatment for most musculoskeletal conditions
OA is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability. In the UK it affects 33% of people aged 45 years and over and 49% of women and 42% of men of those aged 75 years and over. Arthritis Research UK
OA is the most common condition Surecell clinics are treating with PRP. In September 2014 alone, Surecell clinics have treated over 400 OA patients with PRP.
Tendinitis and Tendinosis (sometimes called chronic tendinitis, chronic tendinopathy), are acute and chronic inflammation of a tendon. Generally acute and chronic tendon injuries are referred to by the body part involved, such as Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Arm, Achilles Tendon, Jumper's Knee.
Symptoms can vary from aches or pains and local joint stiffness, to a burning that surrounds the whole joint around the inflamed tendon.
Muscle strain (or pull) refers to damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. You can put undue pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with sudden heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks.
The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding, or bruising, and pain caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area.
Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac located between bone, muscle, tendons, and skin, that decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation. It is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the area, or from a sudden, more serious injury, and most often is found in elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and the Achilles tendon. Bursitis, which is painful, is more common in people over 40.