Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) practitioner - Claudia Carrillo - at the Biomed Natural Health Clinic within 3-1-5 Health Club Lancaster

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a concentration of platelets that are injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing.

This therapy dates back to the 1970s, although few had access to the treatment at that time. The technology was new and equipment was very expensive. Since then, PRP therapy has been used extensively by famous athletes from all over the world. PRP is not limited in its application only to injuries, it is also highly effective in a wide range of health conditions which we will feature in future blogs.

How does PRP work?

PRP stimulates your body's self-healing processes by using your own blood's natural healing properties. A sample of your blood is taken then spun in a special type of centrifuge that concentrates the blood's own platelets. These platelets contain proteins called growth factors which are important in the body's own healing mechanism. With a higher concentration of growth factors than typically found in blood, PRP injections can accelerate the healing and regenerative processes. Since it is your own blood being used, unlike some treatments, PRP therapy has an extremely low risk of negative side-effects or allergic reaction.

This week we will focus on the use of PRP in the treatment of sports injuries. In the weeks ahead, other conditions for which this treatment is appropriate will be discussed.

PRP, a non-invasive therapy, is particularly effective in treating sports injuries as it speeds up the repairing of damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. PRP provides another option to more invasive treatments such as knee surgery, inhibits painful inflammatory processes, improves joint function and helps you return quickly to normal activities.

Examples of injuries which can be treated:

  • Patellar tendonitis (Jumpers Knee)                                                                                                       
  • Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
  • Runners Knee
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Muscle strain, Contusion and Torn Muscle Fibre

Tendonitis, such as Achilles tendonitis or patellar tendonitis in the knee, or tennis elbow, are common overuse conditions plaguing many athletes. These injuries, which can involve microscopic tearing and formation of scar tissue, are often difficult to heal, due to poor blood supply to these regions. With PRP treatment, this concentrated platelet injection enhances the nutrients and growth factors in the injured area to allow the body to heal it.

Additional Support

Claudia treats the body as a series of systems which need to be in balance for optimum health, so, in addition to PRP, she offers support according to the type of sport or training in which you participate. Following an assessment of your individual personal profile, Claudia will formulate a Health Plan which may combine nutritional supplementation and/or Bioregulatory medicines. Using this integrated approach achieves speedier physical and mental recovery, enabling you to get back to your active lifestyle.

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