Hinchley Medical 

Radiology Services

Joint Injections Offered by Dr Madhvi Patel 



Depo-medrone®  Steroid Injections

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Ultrasound Guided PRP Injections 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and how is it produced?

PRP is plasma with a platelet concentration higher than baseline.


Blood is taken from your arm and put through a centrifuge for approximately 10 minutes. The blood is separated out into red blood cells, white blood cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then injected back into the joint or soft tissue needing treatment.

How does PRP work?

Growth factors and proteins in PRP promote the healing process, helping to restore tissue integrity, reduce inflammation and pain.


What can we use PRP to treat?

PRP is used as an alternative treatment option in patients who have not responded to conservative treatment with painkillers and physiotherapy. We can use PRP to treat the following conditions:


Mild to moderate osteoarthritis

Chronic tendinopathies: Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow, patella tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, gluteal tendinopathy

Plantar fasciitis

Iliotibial band friction syndrome (Runner’s knee)


How many injections do you need?

It is common for patients to have a course of 3 treatments.


Are there any reasons you should not have a PRP injection?


If you have an active infection.

If you feel unwell.

If you have active cancer.        

If you have a bleeding or platelet disorder.

If you are anaemic

If you are pregnant.

The effect of PRP may be reduced if you are on anti-platelets.


Before the procedure the radiology consultant will have a discussion with you about the benefits vs risks of the injection, any contra-indications, and will then ask you to sign the informed consent form if you are happy to proceed.


Are there any risks/side effects with a PRP injection?

PRP is a safe and natural substrate for injection and can be repeated multiple times. Ultrasound guidance is used throughout the procedure to minimise risk and the injection is also performed in an aseptic manner using sterile equipment.


The risks associated with any injection procedure include:

-          Small risk of infection (approximately 1 in 10, 000) following an injection. If you experience symptoms such as unexpected pain, warmth or redness around the area or develop a temperature, you should immediate consult your GP or attend A&E. Please explain that you have recently had an infection, as this could potentially be serious.

-          Small risk of worsening of symptoms

-          No response to treatment.


-          10% of patients can experience a post injection flare, most common for those having soft tissue PRP. This could last 2-7 days post-procedure and simple painkillers or an ice-pack may help.



Post Procedure Care?

Initially PRP is pro-inflammatory, which triggers the healing process to start. We therefore recommend avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac) for a week post-procedure. Paracetamol and ice packs should help with the post injection flare.

We advise no heavy lifting for a week and to avoid high impact activity for 2 weeks. You can however continue rehabilitation as recommended by your physiotherapist.