prp orthopaedic applications

More and more progressive Orthopaedic Surgeons are using PRP to fix musculoskeletal problems that do not respond adequately to conventional therapies.

Joint replacement surgeries may be delayed or avoided by pointing your body's near miraculous healing process at needy parts of your anatomy.


Historically, and currently the only popular injected therapy used previously is injected cortisone. Cortisone is an anti inflammatory - it settles the inflammation without treating the causative problem. Athletes who use cortisone on a regular basis end up destroying their joints (ask those poor blokes in the NFL!)...however, PRP fixes the problem by regenerating diseased and unjured tissues. Dr John uses cortisone occasionally but infrequently in his practice too to mitigate painful orthopaedic conditions, especially rotator cuff (shoulder) problems, but if you prefer to heal, repair and rejuvenate, then PRP is the better option, by far.

If you want to HEAL your knees, contact Dr Pridgeon at his surgery, details below.

PRP can also assist recovery of other conditions, namely:

  • Knee cartilage / ligament damage
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow / Epicondylitis
  • Rotator cuff pathology
  • Plantar Fasciitis

The Knees is ideal for PRP therapy

Here is quite a nice clinical viewpoint about the use of PRP in knees from South Africa.  Read it and it will help you understand the RSA perspective on this procedure.








While the knee lends itself especially well to this intervention (the PRP is simply injected into the joint cavity and then rejuvenates everything in the joint - the hyaline cartilage lining both the tibial plateau and the femoral condyles, meniscal cartilage, cruciate ligaments etc), there are many other anatomical sites that will respond well to injection:

  • Rotator cuff (shoulder)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis

The process takes about an hour. Usually 2 - 3 treatments a fortnight apart will be needed to achieve your goals.

In this way the much more invasive, inconvenient and very expensive treatments like Total Knee Replacement (see below) may be avoided...

So why would you NOT prefer to utilise this method???