Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy holds Great Promise to heal the Soft Tissue, Chronic Tendon Injury, Knee Osteoarthritis, Sports Injury, Acute Ligament and Muscle Injury. Get your PRP done with us today. Call us at +65 97731458 to schedule for an appointment

During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of injuries.

Many famous athletes Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Some athletes have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition.

Platelet Rich Plasma

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.

How does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) works?

Although it is not exactly clear how PRP works, laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process.

To speed healing, the injury site is treated with the PRP preparation. This can be done in one of two ways:

  • PRP can be carefully injected into the injured area. For example, in Achilles tendonitis, a condition commonly seen in runners and tennis players, the heel cord can become swollen, inflamed, and painful. A mixture of PRP and local anesthetic can be injected directly into this inflamed tissue. Afterwards, the pain at the area of injection may actually increase for the first week or two, and it may be several weeks before the patient feels a beneficial effect.
  • PRP may also be used to improve healing after surgery for some injuries. For example, an athlete with a completely torn heel cord may require surgery to repair the tendon. Healing of the torn tendon can possibly be improved by treating the injured area with PRP during surgery. This is done by preparing the PRP in a special way that allows it to actually be stitched into torn tissues.

What conditions are treated with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Research studies are currently being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatment. At this time, the results of these studies are inconclusive because the effectiveness of PRP therapy can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of PRP treatment include:

  • The area of the body being treated
  • The overall health of the patient
  • Whether the injury is acute (such as from a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time)

– Chronic Tendon Injuries

According to the research studies currently reported, PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, a very common injury of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.

The use of PRP for other chronic tendon injuries such as chronic Achilles tendonitis or inflammation of the patellar tendon at the knee (jumper’s knee) is promising. However, it is difficult to say at this time that PRP therapy is any more effective than traditional treatment of these problems.

– Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
Much of the publicity PRP therapy has received has been about the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. PRP has been used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains. There is no definitive scientific evidence, however, that PRP therapy actually improves the healing process in these types of injuries.

– Surgery
More recently, PRP has been used during certain types of surgery to help tissues heal. It was first thought to be beneficial in shoulder surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons. However, the results so far show little or no benefit when PRP is used in these types of surgical procedures.Surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is another area where PRP has been applied. At this time, there appears to be little or no benefit from using PRP in this instance.
– Knee Arthritis
Some initial research is being done to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of the arthritic knee. It is still too soon to determine if this form of treatment will be any more effective than current treatment methods.
– Fractures
PRP has been used in a very limited way to speed the healing of broken bones. So far, it has shown no significant benefit.Treatment with platelet-rich plasma holds great promise. Currently, however, the research studies to back up the claims in the media are lacking. Although PRP does appear to be effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries about the elbow, the medical community needs more scientific evidence before it can determine whether PRP therapy is truly effective in other conditions.Even though the success of PRP therapy is still questionable, the risks associated with it are minimal: There may be increased pain at the injection site, but the incidence of other problems — infection, tissue damage, nerve injuries — appears to be no different from that associated with cortisone injections.

If you are considering treatment with PRP, be sure to check your eligibility with your health insurance carrier. Few insurance plans, including workers’ compensation plans, provide even partial reimbursement.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy holds Great Promise to heal the Soft Tissue, Chronic Tendon Injury, Knee Osteoarthritis, Sports Injury, Acute Ligament and Muscle Injury. Get your PRP done with us today. Call us at +65 97731458 to schedule for an appointment

Hip Pain

Dr Ambrose Yung Knee, Sports and Orthopaedic Centre Knee, Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic

Cure your Hip Pain today. Find our how to heal fast, safe and effective for your Hip Pain. Call us +65 97731458 to schedule for an appointment.

Hip pain refers to pain in and around the hip area. The pain in this area can be from arthritis, weak muscles or bursitis. The hip is the largest joint in the body and when it is not working well your life can be very limited.

The hip joint attaches the leg to the torso of the body. In the hip joint, the head of the thighbone (femur) swivels in a socket, called the acetabulum, that is made up of pelvic bones. While many causes of hip pain can arise from the joint itself, there are numerous structures surrounding the hip that can also be the source of pain.

Trauma is often the cause of hip pain, but any source of inflammation may cause pain in the hip area. Pain is one of the symptoms of inflammation, along with swelling, warmth, and redness; together these are signals that a problem may exist.

Hip Pain

Hip pain is common problem, and it can be confusing because there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the underlying problem. If you have hip pain, some common conditions include:

  • ARTHRITIS
  • THROCHANTERIC BURSITIS
  • TENDONITIS
  • ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME (ITBS)
  • MUSCLE STRAIN
  • HIP FRACTURE
  • AVASCULAR NECROSIS (AVN)

When do you need to CALL US about your hip pain?
If you are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of hip pain must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:

    • Inability to walk comfortably on the affected side
    • Injury that causes deformity around the joint
    • Hip pain that occurs at night or while resting
    • Hip pain that persists beyond a few days
    • Inability to bend the hip
    • Swelling of the hip or the thigh area
    • Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth
    • Any other unusual symptoms

What are the best treatments for hip pain?
Treatment depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.

Cure your Hip Pain today. Find our how to heal fast, safe and effective for your Hip Pain. Call us +65 97731458 to schedule for an appointment.

Singapore Knee, Sports and Orthopaedic Centre

Dr Ambrose Yung Knee, Sports and Orthopaedic Centre Knee, Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic
Orthopaedics, specialising in degenerative, chronic orthopaedic condition and sports injuries to the musculoskeletal system with an exceptional record in orthopaedic treatment especially to the Knees, Hip, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Wrist and Hand, and Shoulder joints; with special interest in Sports Medicines, Partial and Total Joint Replacement, and Minimal Invasive Trauma Surgery.

Orthopaedics is the area of medicine focusing specifically on the body’s musculo-skeletal system. This includes bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, tendons, and even nerves – essentially, all the parts of the body needed move, work and enjoy your life.

At Singapore Knee, Sports and Orthopaedic Centre, we aim to partner with you to maintain your health, allowing you to lead an enriched, fulfilling life. In-house Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Ambrose Yung Wai Yin is an established professional with a solid medical background and qualifications.

In addition to our specialism in sports injuries of the musculo-skeletal system, we can also help with orthopaedic problems of all different natures.

We have an exceptional record in treating sport injuries, especially to the knees, shoulder and ankle joints. We specialise in:

  • Complex knee ligamentous reconstruction, using soft tissue tendon allographs
  • Meniscus repair
  • Meniscus allograft transplantation
  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation, using stem cells
  • Double bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy of knee, elbow, shoulder, ankle and hip joints
  • Ankle sprain treatment
  • Treatment of stiff and painful shoulders
  • Complex Partial and Total Joint Replacement
  • Minimal Invasive Trauma Surgery

As professionals, we treat your health with passion and care through 4 key aspects: Diagnosis, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Prevention.

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