Platelet rich plasma injections
Oving clinic is able to offer a new treatment for Regeneration of soft tissues and improving cartilage health in osteo arthritic joints. The benefits of a course of three injections seem to last on average about six months they do not work as well in elderly patients or females who are very overweight.
We have been using hyaluronate injections for many years and studies comparing PRP with hyaluronate such as Ostenil plus are very favourable showing that PRP probably confers a slight advantage particularly in younger patients with less severe osteoarthritis.
Platelet rich plasma concentrations have become increasingly important in recent years in the treatment of disorders of the locomotor system. The great potential of PRP has also been demonstrated in impressive study results. This therapy is of particular benefit to sports men and women because it is a purely biological treatment which can support the regeneration of strained or damaged joints tendons muscles. The evidence
available today indicates that intra articular PRP injections have an anti-inflammatory and anabolic affect in both surgical and conservative treatment of osteoarthritis or cartilage damage.
The technique involves drawing 15mls of blood from your arm vein, centrifuging in a special container to separate the cells from plasma and drawing off the platelet rich growth factor layer of 3-5mls. This is then injected into the affected joint. So far results for tendinopathy have not shown effectiveness.