What is a plasma injection (PRP)?
A plasma injection (PRP) is an autologous blood derivative that contains a higher concentration of platelets. The biological basis is that platelets are a source of various growth factors and other bioactive molecules that play an important role in the tissue healing process. This offers a treatment method for wear and tear of the knee, hip and shoulder.
Extensive research and scientific studies have shown that the discomfort of a worn-out joint can be treated with plasma injections.
In this method, blood is taken from your arm, tested and processed to preserve the plasma part of the blood. This self-generated plasma, in which the body’s own growth factors are concentrated, is injected into the damaged joint or tissue. The injections are given 3 times with an interval of one or two weeks.
The infiltration procedure is performed using echography to ensure that the plasma is injected correctly into the damaged joint and/or soft tissue.
The growth factors have two effects there: an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces pain. In the medium term, there will be better “lubrication” and tissue regeneration, so that the joint will move better.
Overall, PRP is an effective treatment without the complications and cost of surgery, with moderate success in resolving various musculoskeletal conditions.
Proven effect of plasma treatment
For some years now, many clients have been treated with this method in the Medifit rehabilitation centre. In more than 2/3 of these patients a significant reduction of their complaints has been established. Improvement usually occurs 6 to 8 weeks after the first injection. The second injection is usually given after 1 to 2 weeks (usually 3 injections in total). The effect of the treatment lasts on average 3 to 5 years. If one is satisfied with the effect of the injections, they can be repeated annually.
PCA injections can be reimbursed by your insurance company through your supplementary insurance. In order to find out whether this treatment is covered by your supplementary insurance, we recommend that you check the conditions of your policy or contact your insurer.