An Overview of PRP injections
PRP injections use the body’s natural restorative & regeneration abilities to accelerate the healing process after an injury; so that you can resume your routine activities and enjoy your life without undergoing a surgery.
Knee PRP is very beneficial for patients suffering from
- acute muscle injuries and
- chronic tendon and ligament injuries
At Triza Clinics Dr. Ashish Paul; offers Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) injections.
These injections are also referred to as Autologous blood injections in knee.
What is PRP therapy ?
Our blood is made up of four main components- red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), plasma and platelets.
It has been proved that platelets naturally move towards area of injury and help in healing.
In further research in last twenty years we have discovered that platelets when activated release healing protein called GROWTH FACTORS. . These growth factors stimulate cellular growth and accelerate healing. PRP is being used in Orthopaedics to help accelerate chronic muscle and tendon injuries.
What is process of PRP or Autologous Blood injection?
Dr. Ashish Paul firstly does your thorough checkup and gets investigations done regarding your disease, then counsels patient regarding the PRP therapy before starting the process.
- Blood sample is taken from your arm by Dr Paul under sterile conditions.
- The blood is then placed in a special machine called Centrifuge that spins at a high speed to separate the blood components.
- Platelet rich plasma is now separated from rest of blood and is kept in a sterile syringe ready for use.
- This plasma is then injected into the injured area to promote healing.
What Conditions can a PRP Injection Treat?
Dr. Ashish Paul commonly recommends a PRP injection for
PRP for Knee Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis that affects the knee, commonly seen in patients over the age of 50 years. Daily impact and athletic activities cause wear and tear to articular cartilage in the joint, leading to pain, stiffness and swelling.
Recent researches have shown that PRP knee injections improved pain and function. PRP target synovites and promotes hyaluronic acid secretion by incresing of expression of hyaluronan synthase-2.
Promotes overall chondral healing (Cartilage remodeling)
PRP for Knee Deterioration Injuries
An injury to the ligaments and menisci in the knee can be very painful and debilitating, and lead to deterioration of cartilage in the knee joint. A ligament and meniscus injury can occur through athletic training, sports competition or from everyday falls and accidents. An autologous blood injection in the knee is designed to help ligament and cartilage injuries heal more rapidly at times without the need of surgery.
A PRP knee injection takes less than 15 minutes to half an hour. Most patients will require 3
PRP knee injections, with each set of treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.
Risk after PRP injection
- Local infection (Rare)
- Pain at injection site (Common)
- Nerve damage (rare)
Follow up care after PRP injection
- Avoid anti inflammatory medication
- Take REST (immobilize joint)
- Cold Compression (10-20 min) every Q2hrly
- Resume normal activity from next day or once pain and swelling has subsided
(Avoid physical demanding jobs)
Response to treatment will vary with each patient. Symptomatic relief is usually after 6 weeks of injection.. We need to understand healing with PRP takes quite bit of time up to 3 to 6 months and slow improvement is seen over period of time.
Lastly improvement is not guaranteed; but in most of the cases improvement has been seen.
Even improvements occur symptoms may reoccur, so that’s why you need to repeat injection after 6 months to year time.
If you are interested in seeking PRP knee injections, or would like to determine if you are a candidate for an autologous blood injection in the knee, please contact Dr. Ashish Paul.