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What Is Platelet-rich Plasma – PRP?
Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.
Laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can speed up the healing process.?
Who performs PRP at DISC ?
Dr . Arthur Williams is a Sports & Family Medicine Specialist registered with the Health Professional Board of South Africa. He graduated in 1999 from University of Stellenbosch with his Medicine Degree and Master Degree in Family Medicine.In 2004 he graduated from University of Cape Town with a Master Degree in Sports Medicine.
Arthur then worked as Sports Medicine Physician in Queensland Australia and Cape Town South Africa. He mainly worked with professional rugby teams. As part of his role as sports doctor,
Arthur travelled with the professional teams to all events whether in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Argentina or Europe. The last 12 years he gained significant experience in his trade whilst working with elite and professional athletes. He also practiced his trade and experience with semi-professional and college athletes in their build up to their careers in sports. Working in a team environment is essential, thus he integrates his care with other specialists like orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists, chiropractors, strength&conditioning trainers, dietitians, psychologists, sport scientists and coaches. Arthur fine-tuned the art of regenerative medicine with Platelet Rich Plasma injections for a wide range of musckuloskeletal injuries. This treatment is considered after thorough examination and diagnostic ultrasound. of the affected area.
Which conditions benefit most from PRP?
PRP Therapy works most effectively for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including but not limited to:
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- And more. Please refer to the education brochure available below
- TMJ disorders and pain
- Trigger point and chronic muscle spasms
Additionally, PRP can be effective for many cases of osteoarthritis by stimulating healing of cartilage and reducing pain and disability.
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
Why Choose DISC for your PRP Therapy?
Our clinic is surveyed and accredited by Dubai Healthcare City. Our medical staff is licensed and trained to perform PRP Therapy in a wide range of both musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Our doctor has more than 5 years of clinical experience.
We do all our PRP under ultrasound guidance for more accurate needle placement.
Our fees are very competitive as we are able to provide the best PRP kits at the most affordable prices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Platelet rich plasma. Plasma is the normal liquid substance that carries your blood cells through your blood vessels. Platelets are the cells in your plasma that are responsible for blood clotting and secretion of growth factors at sites of injury or trauma to tissue.
10 years as part of evidence-based scientific methods.
Tennis elbow, muscle tears ( hamstring, calf, biceps), shoulder rotator cuff injury, Achilles tendinitis, SI joint inflammation, trigger points, scar tissue in muscle, knee menisci injury, knee osteoarthritis.
You will feel the treated area to be bruised for 48 hours, from the injection process, but no long term complications or side effects have been noted.
The benefits of PRP if applied correctly can give you everlasting healing effects of the injured tissue, due to tissue regeneration, rather than just temporarily concealing pain as most medications do.
Most successful protocols require 3 x PRP treatment every 2 weeks, to help different layers of muscle, tendon and cartilage heal as well as optimal tissue proliferation.
Most patient already feel the effect within 14 days after the 1st PRP treatment. Many times we do a second PRP treatment 14 days later to enhance the effect and complete the treatment.
We recommend the patient to rest the affected area for 2 weeks until the response is evaluated by the treating physician. The treating physician will advise you on adjustments in your training program after PRP.
Physiotherapy is very helpful to compliment your rehab after PRP treatment to help you gradually load the affected area and organically re-build strength without the risk of re-injury.
In mild and moderate cases, yes. Not in severe cases of trauma where damage to the biological structure is large.
The PRP is prepared by blood extraction from a vein in the arm like during normal blood collection. The blood collection (20ml) is centrifuged for a set amount of time. Then the PRP is extracted from the tube and administered to the area of injury under ultrasound guidance.
We are using ultrasound guidance to locate the area of injury and administer the PRP ( 2-4ml) to the area. Sometimes we do use local anaesthetic to numb the injected area.
We advise patient not to take any anti-inflammatories 2 days before the PRP treatment. Please alert your doctor if you are on anti-coagulant (Warfarin) therapy. Also inform your doctor if you recently had cortisone or steroid injections
In stem cell therapy, the doctor will extract fat tissue or bone marrow from your body to harvest stem cells to inject into your injured area. You need to be sedated to undergo stem cell collection from your body.
For PRP therapy we use a normal 10-20ml blood sample from your veins. You will not be sedated during the PRP therapy.