Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are a non-surgical form of treatment used to treat injuries and inflammation caused by knee osteoarthritis, which can affect the tendons, muscles, soft tissue, and bones within the joint. Platelet rich plasma therapy combines the body’s natural response to injury with the latest technology by taking a blood sample of the patient and extracting the platelets through a centrifugal process. Healthcare professionals then use a process of photoactivation on the concentrated substance before injecting it back into the injured area to help relieve pain and inflammation to accelerate the body’s repair process.

What are the benefits of PRP therapy?
Taking a blood sample and extracting the plasma from it using a centrifuge increases the concentration. This improves the efficacy of the plasma in its repair of the injured area of the body, meaning it also helps to reduce the pain felt by the patient.
Since PRP comes from a patient’s own blood, it is considered a relatively low-risk treatment with the potential to improve or speed healing.  However, as with any injection, there is a small risk of injury to any structures in the area as well as a very small risk of infection.
  • Patients with osteoarthritis.
  • Patients suffering with meniscus injuries and knee inflammation
  • Patients suffering with knee tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Patients who have been unsuccessful with other forms of treatment, such as physiotherapy, courses of medication, or steroid injections
Normally, your doctor will administer 3 PRP injections, each one week apart, with each injection taking approximately 2 hours to complete. The effects of these injections can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years, with repeat therapies possible where necessary.

PRP therapy is extremely safe due to the original substance being obtained from the patient’s own body playing the key role in their recovery. However, the injections and treatment must only be undertaken by a professional in the field to ensure the best results.

The Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center at Bumrungrad Hospital includes a team of expert doctors working across various fields to ensure patients can feel confident that their PRP therapy is in the best hands. Each case or injury location is carefully analyzed to ensure the greatest accuracy can be achieved with the injections.

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