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Regenerative Injection Therapy with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

One of the most exciting forms of regenerative medicine for soft tissue injuries is emerging. This treatment is getting increasingly popular as an alternative to surgery and gives great results for patients of all ages.

No matter the age, activity level or condition, no one should have to live with pain.

  • Youth / amateur / professional athletes
  • Workers injured on the job
  • People of any age with chronic joint, tendon or ligament pain

This new therapy can be used to treat a variety of acute and chronic injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neck pain
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
  • Acute and chronic tendon problems
  • Injuries to ligaments and muscles

 What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints and soft tissue in order to alleviate chronic pain. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area.

PRP has been used for over 20 years in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting, accelerate wound healing and reduce the risk of infection after surgery. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for joint pain, soft tissue injuries, low back disc degeneration, and arthritis, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

We can determine if PRP is an appropriate option. Give us a call today to schedule an initial consultation or learn more.

How PRP Therapy Can Help

When tissue injury occurs, platelets collect at the site and begin to repair it. By concentrating these platelets and administering them straight into the injury site, we can deliver a powerful mixture of growth factors exactly where you need it, dramatically enhancing your body’s natural healing process. This treatment may lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.

The PRP injection is very safe – at most, you may experience very mild pain, stiffness or swelling. While any medical procedure carries a small risk of infection, since you’re using your own blood this risk is minimal.

What to Expect from Your Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure

How long does it take?

The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.

Is there any pain?

Some patients report swelling and stiffness or mild to moderate discomfort lasting a few hours after the injection. This is a normal response and is a sign that the treatment is working. Over time, the affected area will begin to heal and strengthen and you will experience considerably less pain.

How many treatments will I need?

Regenerative medicine is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing of the injured tissue. While most patients require only one injection, the regeneration of collagen takes 4-6 months and may require 2 or 3 injections. Pain and functional recovery will be assessed 2-3 weeks after the injection to determine further therapy needs. The total number of treatments you will need depends on your age, the area being treated and the amount of pain you were experiencing before starting therapy.

Whether you are an elite athlete or a golfer,  if you’re looking for a nonsurgical way to manage and eliminate your back, neck, joint or other pain, Call us at Evangelismos Hospital Dr Stathis Tourvas FRCS Orthopaedic Surgeon, or email me  stathistourvas@gmail.com for a free consultation.

Dr. Stathis Tourvas FRCS, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Evangelismos Hospital,  Contact us Tel: 26 848000 - Mob: 99 655003 - Email: stathistourvas@gmail.com .