RegenLab PRP for sports

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Is RegenLab PRP right for me?

RegenLab PRP is a regenerative tissue repair solution that effectively accelerates the healing of sports injuries as an alternative to surgery. Problems such as tendon injuries and ostheoarthritis can be treated using the body’s natural healing process without subjecting patients to significant side effects or complications.

A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in November 2006 showed that over 90% of patients with tennis elbow were “completely satisfied” with the results of their PRP treatments and avoided surgery1.

Patients should consider treatment with PRP if they have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Knee tendinosis (also sometimes called tendonitis)
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Achilles tendinosis (also sometimes called tendonitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • And more... 

An initial evaluation by your physician will determine if PRP is right for you.

1. Mishra A, Pavelko T: Treatment of chronic elbow tendinosis with buffered platelet-rich plasma. Am J Sports Med. 2006 Nov;34(11): 1774-8

The RegenLab PRP procedure

Before the procedure

First your doctor may perform an MRI and/or musculoskeletal ultrasound prior to the injection to insure a proper diagnosis and to rule out any condition best treated surgically.

What to expect during the RegenLab PRP procedure

Blood is collected from you in 1-2 specially designed tubes which are then centrifuged for 5-10 minutes. During centrifugation, a patented gel within the tubes isolates PRP from other unrequired cells within the blood.

How does a PRP procedure work?

Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and then re-injected into the affected area under ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy. These platelets release substances known as “growth factors” that lead to tissue healing. By concentrating the platelets we increase the release of growth factors which promotes the healing of tendons and cartilage.


FAQs

Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms; elimination of the need for more traditional treatments such as medications, cortisone injections or surgery; and a dramatic return to function.

This treatment is designed to promote long-term healing and as such is not a quick fix. The process of PRP requires time and rehabilitation. Patients who follow a course of physical therapy are likely to see the most improvements in the affected area. PRP accelerates and shortens the recovery process in chronic injuries and new acute injuries.

Prior studies on tennis elbow have demonstrated an 81% improvement in pain scores at 6 months and, 93% reduction in pain at follow up a 1-3 years1.

Through regular follow-up visits your doctor can determine when you are able to resume regular physical activities. 

1. Mishra A, Pavelko T: Treatment of chronic elbow tendinosis with buffered platelet-rich plasma. Am J Sports Med 34: 1774-8

Patients should schedule an evaluation to determine if PRP is a viable treatment option. An MRI and/or musculoskeletal ultrasound may be done prior to the injection to insure a proper diagnosis and to rule out any condition best treated surgically.

The PRP injection usually takes an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis. Do not take anti-inflammatories one week before or after the injection as this may limit the treatment benefits.

Depending on patient’s condition, a series of 1-3 injections may be required. 

Initially the procedure may cause some localised soreness and discomfort. It is recommended that patients arrange for someone to drive them home after the procedure. Patients may apply ice and elevation as needed. After one week the patient will likely begin a rehabilitation program with physical therapy. 

RegenLab PRP is an autologous treatment, meaning that it is only your own cells being put back into the focus area.

8-24ml of your blood is collected in a similar way to a blood test.

This is spun down in a centrifuge using the specially designed RegenLab PRP tube that separates the PRP from the red blood cells. The PRP portion of the tube is then drawn up into a syringe ready for re-injection into the focus area.

A tiny quantity of platelet activator called Calcium Chloride may be added, which is found naturally in your blood.

Topical anaesthetic cream may be applied before injection, meaning re-injection causes little to no pain.

This treatment is suitable any sports injuries of the joints and tendons such as:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Knee tendinosis (also sometimes called tendonitis)
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Achilles tendinosis (also sometimes called tendonitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis

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Find a RegenLab PRP doctor in your region

Hibiscus Radiology

5/7 Alnwick St, Warkworth
Ph: 09 425 7282
www.hibiscusradiology.co.nz

Horizon Radiology

Level 1, Sylvia Park, Mt Wellington
Ph: 0800746853
www.horizonradiology.co.nz

Mercy Radiology 2

Mercy Hospital

98 Mountain Road
Epsom 1023
Ph: 09 630 3324

Regenerative Medicine

2A Dodson Avenue, Milford
Ph: (09) 486 0030
www.skinfresh.co.nz

Specialist Radiology Greenlane

L2, Bld C, 95 Ascot Ave, Remuera
Ph: 09 523 7054
www.srgmri.co.nz

Specialist Radiology Group Manukau

175 Cavendish Drive, Manukau
Ph: 09 522 0787
www.srgmri.co.nz

Horizon Radiology

Level 1, 61-63 Taranaki Street
Ph: 04 801 8527
www.horizonradiology.co.nz

Pacific Medimaging

21 Von Tempsky Street,
Ph: 0800 633 462
www.medimaging.co.nz

River Radiology

30 Hood St, Hamilton
Ph: 07 829 1800
www.riverradiology.co.nz

Sportsmed Manawatu

Unit 6/ 160 Grey St,
Ph: 06 354 8580

Echo North

56 Kamo Rd, Kamo, Whangarei
Ph: 09 974 8844
www.echonorth.co.nz

Skin on Forty Five

1149 Main South Road
Oakura 4314
Ph: 06 752 1245

Onsite Radiology

Hastings & Napier
Ph: 0800 991 119
www.onsiteultrasound.co.nz

Christchurch Radiology

Multiple Locations
Ph: 03 355 6022
www.christchurchradiology.co.nz

Otago Radiology

Multiple Locations
Ph: 03 467 6687
www.otagoradiology.co.nz

The Chandler Clinic

20 Nelson Terrace, Seaview
Ph: 03 688 5015
www.chandlerclinic.co.nz

Pacific Radiology

17 Red Oaks Drive
Frankton 9300