Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic in Port Elizabeth
Spotlight on... Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine therapy which seeks to harness the wound healing and tissue regenerating properties of the patient's own blood. Platelets naturally contain anti-inflammatories, growth factors, cell differentiators and stem cell attractants that work together to accelerate wound healing and tissue regeneration. Using a concentrated platelet sample from the patient, PRP therapy supports the body's natural processes of regeneration in order to promote healing, pain relief, and mobility. The concentrated platelet sample is injected into the injured area, or in the case of open wounds, applied topically. This kick starts nature's own processes, accelerating healing and reducing recovery times.

What about safety?

PRP therapy is minimally invasive. It involves a same day procedure of short duration to harvest the platelet sample and inject it into the site(s) of injury. Depending on the site of injury patients may need to be sedated or anaesthetised. However, as the procedure uses the patient's own blood there is a reduced risk of adverse reactions.

What conditions can Platelet Rich Plasma therapy help?
Some of the conditions that can benefit from Platelet Rich Plasma therapy include:

•Various orthopaedic conditions, including osteoarthritis
•Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries such as cruciate ligament injuries
•Ulcerations, burns and open wounds
•Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
•Spinal injuries

How often will my pet need treatment?

In acute cases only a single injection may be needed at the site(s) of injury in order to see improvement. However, in chronic cases it is recommended that a second treatment is undertaken one month after the initial injection. The positive effects of the PRP therapy may last up to 12 months. At this time treatment can be repeated.

How will my pet feel after the treatment?

As already indicated, there are few side effects with PRP as the sample is harvested from the patient's own blood. After the treatment the patient may experience some soreness, often associated with the injection site(s). This should subside within a few days and can be managed with the application of a cold compress and veterinary prescribed pain relief medication if necessary.

Can Platelet Rich Plasma therapy be used alongside other modalities?

Yes! Although it can be used on its own, for many conditions it will be used as part of a multimodal approach and so it may be used alongside other forms of therapy including acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, chiropractic, massage, and hydrotherapy. In fact, it has been shown that using Photobiomodulation or Laser Therapy can enhance the results of PRP therapy.

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