What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) refers to a concentrate of platelets in plasma that is higher than that of normal circulating platelets in the body. Beyond this concept, however, there is considerable variation in its definition.

Platelets have a vital role in the healing of injured tissues.

Benefit of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The biological effects of PRP and the various platelet-derived factors have been the subject of a considerable amount of laboratory-based research. Studies in animals have shown that for ligament repairs, PRP could result in improved maximal ligament load and linear stiffness. For tendon repairs, the addition of PRP resulted in significantly stronger healing, compared with the control side. Various positive effects on cartilage synthesis have also been seen with PRP and its factors. PRP has also shown potential to modulate inflammation.

How is Platelet Rich Plasma done?

The preparation of therapeutic doses of growth factors consists of an autologous blood collection (blood from the patient), plasma separation (blood is centrifuged), and application of the plasma rich in growth factors (injecting the plasma into the area.)  In other words, PRP is done just like any other Prolotherapy treatment, except the solution used for injection is plasma enriched with growth factors from your own blood. Typically patients are seen every four to six weeks like any other Prolotherapy patients in Singapore. Generally two to six visits are necessary per area

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection

Draw the appropriate amount of blood from the patient.


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection

When the above processed are done, Dr Kevin Yip will then inject it to the painful area.

NOTE: Platelet Rich Plasma may be one of the quickest way of healing soft tissue problem. Let Dr Kevin Yip solve your problem effectively by discussing with you the best treatment option for your problem. Call us for an appointment today at (65) 6476 2106 or fill up our appointment form

Current uses for Platelet Rich Plasma in Sports Medicine include:

  • Chronic Insertional or Intrasubstance tendinopathy with or without tear, Eg. Tennis Elbow, Patellar tendinosis, Insertional Achilles Tendinosis, Plantar Faciitis, Rotator Cuff tendinosis.
  • Ligament tears, eg. Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) of the knee, Ankle ligament sprains
  • Post-surgical augmentation of soft tissue healing, eg. Following surgical tendon repairs in tendo-achilles or rotator cuff, meniscus repair, or cartilage surgery in degenerative joint disease.
  • Cartilage degeneration and early stages of osteoarthritis of the knee, ankle and other joints.
  • Acute muscle tears eg. Myoseptal tears of the calf of hamstring