PRP, when the body supplies its own healing factors…
Many patients who suffer from tendinopathies, whether it is simple tendinitis – the famous tennis elbow, for example – or a ruptured tendon, can attest that the healing process is long. Thus, conservative treatment of Achilles tendonitis has a high failure rate (25 to 45 % according to various studies). We do of course endeavor to avoid operations whenever possible and now there is an alternative: “PRP”.
What lies behind these three mysterious letters? PRP is the acronym for “Platelet-Rich Plasma”. PRP injections are being chosen more and more often in the event of damage and help the damage to heal. Magic… and it is totally natural… because the substance comes directly from the injured patient!
An innovative and natural procedure to treat tendinopathies and tendinitis
Platelet-rich plasma injections reproduce and help accelerate the natural healing process. If we look at an injury, we can see the appearance of blood platelets. The role of these blood-clotting cells is to diffuse “growth factors”, substances that activate the capacity of local cells to form a bruise, then to produce bone or tendon depending on the lesion, as well as blood vessels, support cells… essential for repair.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are a quick and simple procedure for the treatment of tendinopathies. We draw blood from the patient and extract the plasma of which the platelet concentration is four to five times higher than in normal fresh blood. This extract, enriched in calcium to activate the platelets, is then immediately injected at the site of the injury. The platelets will rapidly release the substances required for healing.
Results and risks of platelet-rich plasma injections
Clinical trials have shown the efficacy of this procedure in the treatment of tendon injuries due to sprains, elbow and patella tendinitis, or Achilles tendon ruptures. Indeed, we have observed that patients treated using this procedure return to activities quicker and the pain disappears more rapidly.
Moreover, a huge advantage of platelet-rich plasma injections is the very low risk of complications. Firstly because the product, from the patient, cannot be rejected or cause an allergic reaction and secondly, due to the bacteriostatic properties of PRP, which significantly reduce the risk of infection linked to injections.