A procedure that has been widely used for sports injuries is now available for sufferers of joint pain and inflammation.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a process that basically harnesses the body’s own healing process and applies it to affected areas.
Pro Health Care’s Dr Joshua Yee explains. “Our blood is predominantly comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma,” he says. “Activated platelets have the natural ability to accentuate healing and reduce anti-inflammatory effects. By concentrating activated platelets, their natural abilities can help manage suitable musculoskeletal conditions.”
The process works by taking a small amount of a patient’s blood, centrifuging it to concentrate the platelets, then reinjecting it into affected joints to promote soft tissue healing.
Dr Yee has found the injections are particularly effective for patients suffering mild osteoarthritis in the knee, shoulder, ankle and hip or those with mild inflammatory arthritis, also known as rheumatoid arthritis.
Using his wide experience in sports medicine and treating spinal conditions, Dr Yee holds a Musculoskeletal and Sports Clinic at Pro Health Care Norwood every Thursday morning. This incorporates skilled assessment and management of a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including the use of PRP injections.
“Research is now revealing that PRP is significantly superior to other injection options, including steroids,” Dr Yee says. “Furthermore, PRP has very small risk and adverse reaction factors because the product is sourced from the patient.”
“A double syringe mechanism withdraws blood from the patient in a closed fashion,” Dr Yee explains. “The double syringe is run through a centrifuge which separates the PRP from other blood constituents. The PRP is then extracted and injected into the required area.”
Dr Yee says a single injection of PRP can make a positive difference in pain control while three injections, 2-4 weeks apart, may be more suitable for longer-term sufferers.
The injection takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and administer and patients can resume normal activities as tolerated, immediately after.
For more information and to book a consultation, contact Pro Health Care’s Norwood clinic either online or by phoning 8431 5506.
There is no need for a referral and the initial consultation is fully Medicare rebatable.