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Ita Murphy,

Managing Director
The Otto Clinic

3 Pery Square
Limerick
Ireland

Tel: +353 61 317678

Email: info@theottoclinic.ie

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Ita Murphy,

Managing Director
The Otto Clinic

3 Pery Square
Limerick
Ireland

Tel: +353 61 317678

Email: info@theottoclinic.ie

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ABOUT US:

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WHAT ARE PLATELETS?

PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY- THE FACTS BEHIND THE SCIENCE

So what are Platelets?

Well this is a good question.  Platelets are a component of our blood and are smaller than red blood cells.  Their principal function is to clot our blood to stop bleeding and promote healing.  When your body is injured, it naturally sends platelets and white blood cells to the site of injury. Platelets contain a significant mix of growth factors including PDGF, IGF, FGF, TGF-beta, and VEGF which are released at the site of injury to stimulate healing in the damaged tissues by reducing swelling, bruising, scarring and pain and by promoting the formation of blood vessels to enhance new tissue growth.

What does this have to do with PRP Therapy?

The benefit of PRP Therapy is that it is a very effective way to deliver a highly concentrated dose of platelets to the injury site in order to supplement and enhance the body’s own natural response. The result being a dramatic kick-start to the healing process. This is why PRP Therapy has become an affordable, regenerative treatment for tissue and bone injuries, often allowing patients to avoid surgery.  However, it is also used in conjunction with surgery to reduce inflammation and/or bruising, increase range of motion and decrease tissue scarring.

So the rationale for using Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is really very compelling: it's relatively cheap, minimally invasive, and the platelets contain growth factors that accelerate the natural healing process, promote blood vessel formation, cartilage repair and tissue regeneration…… and the best part is PRP does not use any drugs or chemicals.

But what about traditional treatments for injury?

When tissues and joints are injured, one of the common treatments is a cortisone injection. Cortisone is a steroid that inhibits protein metabolism so inflamed cells that are actively turning over are shut down. This effect reduces swelling and therefore acts as an excellent pain reliever. Unfortunately, it also reduces activity in normal cells and tissues, and leads to weakening of the tissues and occasional tendon ruptures. Joints that are repeatedly injected with cortisone show damage to the articular cartilage surfaces, which protect the ends of bones. Rather than work to actively heal the damaged tissue, a cortisone injection unfortunately only serves to mask the injury and the associated pain, often causing more damage.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR BODY IS INJURED?


 The body’s normal healing pattern is dependent on blood flow so when an injury occurs (e.g. open wound or tear in a tendon), this is what happens:


  1. The body signals for and receives platelets at the injury site
  2. When platelets are activated, they change shape from round to spiky, sticking to the broken vessel wall and each other in order to plug the break.
  3. They also interact with other blood proteins to form fibrin. Fibrin strands form a net that entraps more platelets and blood cells, producing a clot that plugs the break - see the diagram above.

DID YOU KNOW?

PRP may be topically sprayed during surgery to control post-op oozing from the wound and to spread growth factors under and around the soft tissue to reduce pain and swelling and promote accelerated growth


FACT OF THE DAY


Platelets are found only in mammals, an adaptation that may have evolved to offset the risk of death from haemorrhage at childbirth – a risk unique to mammals

THE BLOOD CLOTTING PROCESS

PRP MEDICAL USES:

O   Joint Osteoarthritis Relief in knee, hip, shoulder, and spinal arthritis

O  Tennis Elbow and tendinopathy

O  Rotator Cuff and tendinopathy

O  Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries

O  Tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries - around the foot and ankle, PRP is used for treatment of tendon and ligament injuries such as Chronic Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendon and ankle sprains & ligament injuries

 o Back & Neck injuries e.g. whiplash injuries

O Pelvic Pain & Instability

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