A 100% natural treatment
Plasma is a natural component of blood that is especially rich in proteins (immunoglobulins, albumin, fibrinogen, etc.). In this liquid gold we find red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which are all essential for healing injuries.
Dr. Étienne Cardinal, Vice President Operations and Medical Director, Medical Imaging, Imagix, a partner of Biron, explains that the platelets found in plasma are especially active in healing an injury. “They cluster at the site of bleeding and attract fibroblasts. These specialized cells in turn generate scar tissue, which accelerates healing,” he says.
Nature usually does its job well, but some tendon injuries take longer to heal, or become recurrent or even chronic. In these situations, PRP injections offer an additional treatment tool to help achieve a full recovery without the need for surgery.
A therapy that can avoid the need for surgery
An effective treatment in nearly 70% of cases
The PRP process generates a concentration of platelets that is five to six times greater than the body’s normal production. Combined with the precision of medical imaging, this concentration increases the chance of recovery by about 70%.
PRP is very safe for patients
What are the situations where injection is recommended?
In many cases of injury, the body’s natural regeneration process allows the patient to return to normal activity after a few days or weeks of convalescence. On the other hand, when the situation persists or causes great suffering, conventional treatments should be encouraged (prescription painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy).
After that, if all these methods have failed, it is usually time to consider PRP. Injections can prove necessary and effective in a number of situations:
- Tendonitis of the elbow, knee or shoulder
- Injuries to the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon
- Joint problems
- Relief of pain related to osteoarthritis
- Damaged meniscus, etc.
Some studies also suggest a potential benefit in PRP treatment of ligament injuries, the medical imaging specialist adds.
In fact, ligaments and especially tendons are made up of white cords that are poorly vascularized, unlike muscles, for example. Lesions in these locations therefore bleed little and the components of blood cannot do their job as well. As a result, PRP often proves effective, especially long after the injury, when the healing process has run its course. In these conditions, PRP provides far more platelets than during the initial response to the injury.
In addition, PRP locally restores the conditions of a recent injury. Stem cells then start multiplying in order to repair the tissue. This highly reactivated repair process frequently leads to healing after one to three injections.
PRP is suitable for athletes
How to benefit from this type of treatment
To assess the potential for PRP treatment, you need a medical prescription. You can then meet with a team that specializes in musculoskeletal medicine and is qualified to use ultrasound to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
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