PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, an innovative and effective non-surgical treatment for joint and soft-tissue pain and inflammation. This is also known as Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP). A sample of your own blood is taken and treated so that the plasma and platelets are extracted and concentrated. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into your joint to reduce pain and restore movement.
PRP/ACP injections use your body’s natural healing processes to speed up recovery and reduce the need for surgery. The consultant orthopaedic surgeons and pain management specialists at The London Orthopaedic Clinic use ultrasound-guided PRP/ACP injections to treat problems including rotator cuff tears, knee osteoarthritis, tennis elbow and Achilles tendinopathy.
What are PRP/ACP injections?
PRP is platelet-rich plasma, an innovative injectable treatment that harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself. PRP/ACP injections are a type of regenerative medicine.
Your consultant takes a blood sample then prepares it to concentrate the plasma, platelets and white cells. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood; when your blood is spun in a centrifuge, the heavy red blood cells are separated, and the plasma solution is rich in platelets which have an essential role in your body's healing processes.
The consultant reinjects the PRP/ACP into your body. The solution contains concentrated platelets that release natural growth factors that support tissue healing. PRP injections can treat osteoarthritis and accelerate the recovery of damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
Who can benefit from PRP injections?
PRP/ACP injections can treat a range of musculoskeletal problems without surgery. The consultant orthopaedic surgeons and pain management specialists at The London Orthopaedic Clinic use PRP/ACP injections to treat pain and accelerate healing in a range of conditions, including:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Knee and hip osteoarthritis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Achilles tendinopathy
PRP/ACP injections can be helpful as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce musculoskeletal pain and improve your function.
About the procedure
What are the alternatives to PRP/ACP injections?
The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers a wide range of non-surgical treatments, including the latest therapeutic injections.
Our experienced consultant orthopaedic surgeons and pain management specialists provide comprehensive assessment, investigation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain. If you are unsure what treatment you need, they can give an expert opinion and tailor a treatment programme for your needs.
Alternatives to PRP/ACP injections include:
If injections and other conservative treatments don’t control your symptoms, the expert orthopaedic surgeons at The London Orthopaedic Clinic can operate to treat your pain and restore your flexibility and function.