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You may have donated blood before, or at least provided a sample for a blood test.
Or you may even be a more frequent donor who donates plasma. But did you know that your own blood could hold the key to fixing a number of your health issues, or even beauty concerns?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a therapy which uses your own blood to speed up the body’s healing process.
It’s a treatment offered by Health Plus in Casey Town Centre—a modern general practice, opened by energetic brother and sister team Dr Wen-Shan Sung and Dr Melanie Sung in December 2018.
As well as offering general practice services, the practice specialises in providing regenerative medicine like PRP.
“Similar to when you go to pathology for a blood test, a clinician or doctor extracts the patient’s own blood, and will then put it into a special centrifuge machine with special proprietary spinning technology,” says Dr Wen-Shan.
“Then the patient’s blood is separated into three layers: red blood cells, platelet-rich plasma, known as ‘the liquid gold’, and platelet-poor plasma. The reason platelet-rich plasma is called liquid gold is due to the fact that it contains a lot of growth factors, and is proven to enhance the repair of any damaged body tissue.”
“There has been a lot of clinical evidence and research to support the clinical effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of many areas.”
PRP can be injected into joints for the treatment of early arthritis, and is often the treatment of choice for people who want to delay a knee replacement. They can be injected into tendons for treatment of wear and tear injuries, like tennis elbow or rotator cuff injuries, and are suitable for use in elderly patients.
The injections can also be beneficial for athletes who have sustained injuries from prolonged sporting activities, and Health Plus Casey is almost a ‘one-stop-shop’ for sports-related injuries, with Dr Melanie Sung also a qualified physiotherapist with extensive experience in rehabilitation.
As well as administering the PRP injections, she can conduct a comprehensive assessment and an exercise program tailored to their condition.
But that’s only scratching the surface. PRP’s healing properties also make it a powerful treatment for aesthetic purposes.
“PRP can be injected into the scalp for the treatment of hair loss and is suitable for middle-aged gentleman who are experiencing hair loss,” Dr Wen-Shan.
“PRP can also be injected into the face for treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, and can also improve skin texture so it suitable for anyone seeking to enhance their appearance. So it has a wide range of clinical applications.”
Joint and tendon PRP injections are done using ultrasound-guided techniques, while face and scalp treatments use direct injections, and all treatments at Health Plus GP Casey are delivered by professionally trained medical doctors.
“Most PRP treatments require a course of two injections to receive the maximum benefit, but we have had patients who report that their symptoms improved significantly after only one injection,” says Dr Wen-Shan.
While PRP injections usually cost around $400-$450, Health Plus Casey is offering the injections for $275, with no out of pocket expenses for the medical consultation with the GP before treatment.
“Not all patients will benefit from PRP injections though, so it is best to book a consultation prior to receiving any treatment,” says Dr Wen-Shan.
“Our doctors will assess your symptoms and condition then will provide proper medical advice.”
What: Health Plus General Practice Casey
Where: 68 Dalkin Crescent, Casey
Bookings: Visit healthplusgp.com.au or call 1300 471 471.
This editorial was created in partnership with Health Plus General Practice Casey. For more information on sponsored editorials, click here.