Sports Medicine hcPRP (platelet rich plasma) is a treatment that is administered by our clinic nurses and on site Orthopaedic Surgeon for soft tissue and joint injuries. Many growth factors are involved in the repair and regeneration of cartilage, tendons and ligaments, and hcPRP contains an abundance of healing factors that can promote accelerated repair for these conditions. hcPRP is a highly concentrated version of PRP. Once the platelets are administered into the damaged area, growth factors stimulate tissue recovery. Athletes from around the world, such as Tiger Woods and Takashi Saito, have been treated with PRP for various sports related injuries with great success.
Benefits of PRP Sports Medicine
- Promotes Cartilage repair
- Safe with minimal downtime
- Non-surgical method to help regenerate cartilage
- The most natural way to promote healing
How it works
Once it is determined that you are a suitable candidate, our highly trained nurses extract and process your blood to ensure the highest concentration of platelets in the plasma. Our Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Ralph Belle, will then inject your hcPRP at the site of the injury. As these are your own platelets there is no risk of immune rejection or disease transmission.
PRP Injections help to regrow and regenerate cartilage in an injured area. For example, In the knee, PRP has been used to help individuals with ligamentous and injuries to the meniscus.
What to expect
Your visit to Vancouver Laser for this treatment can take up to 2 hours. Tylenol can be taken as needed.
As with most regenerative treatments results are dependent upon the patient’s degree of injury, and their body’s ability to heal.
We recommend that the treatment be repeated as required. The more chronic or involved the injury is the more injections may be necessary. Treatments may be spaced 4 weeks apart.
Possible downtime After a PRP Injection
- Possible swelling in the treatment area due to the desired inflammatory response
- Possible temporary discomfort in the treatment area
Post treatment care
- Use ice packs as needed as a comfort measure