PRP VS. Other Treatments

When weighing options for innovative medical treatments, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy often pops up as a standout choice compared to conventional methods. At My Doctors Clinic in Surfers Paradise, we delve into why PRP might be your go-to option and how it stacks up against other available treatments. Read on to explore a detailed juxtaposition, ensuring you make a well-informed decision about your healthcare needs.

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Key Takeaways

  • PRP therapy offers a natural alternative using your own blood.
  • It’s generally safer with fewer risks of complications compared to synthetic treatments.
  • PRP can be more cost-effective in the long run due to its healing efficacy.
  • It has versatile applications, from sports injuries to cosmetic enhancement, including unregulated cosmetic procedures.
  • Faster recovery times than more invasive procedures.

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a portion of the patient’s own blood, enriched with platelets, to promote healing in various parts of the body. This can lead to accelerated healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.

Comparison with Other Treatments

Conventional Methods 

  • Corticosteroids: Often used for reducing inflammation quickly but may contribute to potential complications like weakening of tissues and increase in blood sugar levels.
  • Physical Therapy: Essential for rehabilitation but sometimes not enough when healing stubborn injuries.
  • Surgery: Invasive, requires longer recovery times, and is usually considered as a last resort.

PRP Advantages

  • PRP uses natural elements of your blood, reducing the risk of allergic reactions.
  • It can be more effective in the long run by promoting long-lasting healing.
  • Less invasive with minimal downtime.

Understanding The Processes

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is fascinating both in its simplicity and effectiveness. Your blood is drawn, processed, and re-injected into the injured area, enriching the body’s natural healing compounds.

Deeper Dive: How Does PRP Work?

PRP therapy is rooted in the science of healing. Your blood contains platelets, which are not only crucial for clotting but also contain growth factors that can promote healing. During PRP therapy, the concentration of these platelets is increased up to tenfold, providing a potent catalyst for the body’s natural healing processes.

The steps involved in PRP therapy are simple yet effective:

  • Blood Collection: Just a small amount of your blood is needed, similar to a routine blood test.
  • Platelet Concentration: The blood is spun in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from other blood components. 
  • Re-Injection: The concentrated platelets are then injected directly into the injured area, releasing growth factors that encourage tissue healing and repair.

This minimally invasive procedure can be completed within an hour and is performed right in the comfort of our clinic at My Doctors Clinic.

Comparing PRP to Steroids and Hyaluronic Acid

While steroids are often used for quick pain relief, they merely mask symptoms and can degrade joint health over time. Hyaluronic acid injections, another popular treatment, provide temporary lubrication in arthritic joints but do not facilitate tissue repair. In contrast, PRP not only alleviates symptoms but also initiates a healing response.

Efficacy and Research

Research underscores the promising potential of PRP. Studies have shown that PRP can be effective in treating chronic tendon injuries, acute sports injuries, and for postsurgical healing. A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that PRP injections reduced pain and increased function significantly more than steroid injections in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Patient Experiences and Success Stories

Many patients at My Doctors Clinic have experienced significant benefits from PRP therapy. From athletes who have returned to their sports faster to elderly patients who have regained mobility without surgery, the stories are both inspiring and validating.

Case Study

John, a 58-year-old marathon runner, suffered from chronic Achilles tendonitis for years. After a series of PRP treatments, he was able to resume running and even completed another marathon with no pain. His story is just one of the many successes we’ve seen that demonstrate PRP’s effectiveness.

Safety and Side Effects

PRP is considered safe because it uses the patient’s own tissues, which eliminates the risk of allergic reactions or transmission of disease. Some patients might experience mild pain and inflammation at the injection site, but these symptoms typically resolve quickly without the need for additional treatment.

The Science Behind PRP

The growth factors in PRP, which include PDGF (Platelet-Derived Growth Factor), VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor), and TGF-ß1 (Transforming Growth Factor Beta 1), play key roles in tissue repair and regeneration. These factors help to:

  • Stimulate cell growth
  • Build new blood vessels
  • Enhance the production of reparative cells

By harnessing these natural processes, PRP therapy helps the body mend itself in a profound way.

PRP for Cosmetic Procedures

Beyond orthopedics, PRP is also gaining traction in cosmetic procedures. It’s used for facial rejuvenation, improving the appearance of scars, and encouraging hair growth in patients with alopecia. The same principles of healing and regeneration apply to these cosmetic applications, making PRP a versatile tool in both medical and aesthetic fields.

The Future of PRP

As research continues to evolve, the applications for PRP therapy expand. New methodologies in PRP preparation and application are regularly being developed, enhancing its efficacy and the breadth of conditions it can treat.

At My Doctors Clinic, we are committed to staying at the forefront of these advancements, ensuring that our patients benefit from the latest in PRP therapy technology.

Cost-Effectiveness of PRP

Investing in PRP therapy can be cost-effective in the long run. By potentially avoiding surgery and the need for long-term medication use, patients may find that PRP provides not only medical benefits but also financial savings. Each treatment plan is personalised, and our team at My Doctors Clinic works with patients to provide clear, upfront information about costs.

Who Should Consider PRP?

PRP therapy can be an excellent option for individuals seeking alternatives to surgery or those who have not responded to other treatments. It is suitable for patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Chronic tendon injuries
  • Acute ligament and muscle injuries
  • Joint arthritis
  • Cosmetic concerns such as hair loss or skin aging

PRP at My Doctors Clinic

At My Doctors Clinic in Surfers Paradise, our skilled team is ready to assess your condition and discuss whether PRP could be an appropriate treatment option for you. With a patient-centered approach, we ensure that all your questions are answered, and you feel comfortable and informed throughout your treatment journey.

By choosing PRP at My Doctors Clinic, you’re not just getting a treatment; you’re embracing a partnership in health that values innovation and personalised care. Join us on this journey to better health, enhanced healing, and improved quality of life through advanced medical therapies.


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PRP is versatile, treating conditions from osteoarthritis to tendon injuries and even skin rejuvenation.

Results can vary but typically are observed within a few weeks, with improvements in pain and function.

Patients may experience mild discomfort during the injection, which subsides shortly afterwards.

PRP uses your own blood, significantly minimising the risk of adverse reactions.

Depending on the treated condition, injections can be repeated every 1 to 2 months as needed.

Yes, PRP can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan including physical therapy or medication.

Podiatrist Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is a Podiatrist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of pain in the foot, ankle and lower limb. Paul has worked amongst multidisciplinary clinical settings including GP’s, Podiatric Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons & Specialists, Chronic disease specialists and Podiatrists who specialise in Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications. Paul is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Paul has a reputation for being particularly skilled and precise with a scalpel. His professional clinical interests include but are not limited to:

  • Toe nail surgeries (both PNA/TNA with matrix phenolisation). Toe and nail pathologies (Elongated nails, toe and nail deformity and fungal nail infections).
  • Achilles Tendonopathies (Trained in shockwave therapy). Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, nerve entrapment, apophysitis and osteochondrosis)
  • Ankle pathologies (Sprains, nerve impingements and tarsal coalitions)
  • Forefoot pathologies (Forefoot deformities/pain, Morton’s neuroma, bursitis, bunions and arthritis). Mid foot pathologies (Osteoarthritis and Tibial Post dysfunction/adult acquired flatfoot deformity)
  • Hip and lower back pain from mal foot alignment and tibial/femoral torsion
  • Paediatrics (Wart debridement, developmental growth milestones, orthotics, general assessments and deformities of the lower limb)
  • Diabetic assessments and education
  • Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications (Custom and off the shelf devices and biomechanical assessments).


Paul Clarke forms a great asset to any multidisciplinary clinical team. Renowned for his kind and warm nature, Paul tends to build great rapport with patients and medical professionals alike.

Physiotherapist Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington Physiotherapist, B Ex Sc, M Phty Patrick has a strong interest for learning about the human body and educating on the best ways to ensure successful rehabilitation when injured.

Patrick graduated Griffith University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy degree. With a background in competitive surf-lifesaving and swimming, he has a passion for treating and educating on injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system. Patrick approaches each individual patient by educating and empowering them, in order to achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Patrick’s professional interests include:

Musculoskeletal Injuries: Treating areas including shoulders, neck & lower back, ankles, hips, and wrists, by creating programs containing manual therapy and exercises to benefit each individual patient.

Cardiorespiratory Conditions: Education and use of a variety of breathing techniques, as well as walking programs to obtain the best health outcomes.

Neurological Conditions: Retraining of gait, developing muscle strength, and developing a specific program in order to restore deficits as much as possible.

Dietitian Kailey Henry

Kailey has a passion for food and learning how nutrients interact and influence the health of our bodies.
Kailey graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and has since been sharing her passion and expertise within the community through individual consultations and group education. Kailey takes a holistic and individualized approach to nutrition, with a focus on empowering each individual to make positive, lifelong lifestyle changes through achievable goals.

Kailey’s professional interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Paediatric nutrition and pregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Education & strategies for fussy eaters, faltering growth, meeting key nutrition recommendations for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Chronic disease management
  • Nutritional management of diabetes, cholesterol health, cardiovascular disease, COPD, renal disease and liver disease.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Minimising abdominal discomfort, improving altered bowel habits, education on food choices for self-management.

Dr Day Hong Ma

Qualifications: Currently registered in the Medical Council of Australia as a Vocational Registered GP and Specialist General Surgeon. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Adelaide, South Australia MBBS. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and London Master degree in Skin Cancer Medicine in University of Queensland. Extensive experience in various aspects of General Practice. In the past I have been a Senior Lecturer of the University of Queensland and Assistant Professor of Bond University involving teaching medical students. I was a supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, involved in training junior GP. I also trained many Overseas Trained Doctors. At the present time I am a GP with the following special interests : 1. Skin Cancers skin cancer checks with Mol Max and dermoscopy. I was awarded a Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy from the International Dermoscopy Society surgical excisions of complex skin cancers ( sun cancers and melanomas ) non surgical approach to some skin cancers and precancerous lesions such as Photo Dynamic Therapy and cautery and curettage. 2. Cosmetic Medicine This includes micro needling, platelet rich plasma, and injectables such as fillers and neuromuscular modulators. I have completed the training course under the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Australian Skin Skills Education and Training. Dr Ma also speaks Chinese Mandarin

Dr Greeshma Tummala

I am overseas trained GP and practiced for more than 5 years in India although completed AMC licensing exam here. In India, I have practiced in all aspects of general practice.

My areas of Interest are: Women’s Health, cervical cancer screening, Antenatal Care, Child Immunisations, Chronic Disease Management, Implanon Insertion and Removal, Mental Health, Pregnancy Counselling, Travel Vaccinations, Women’s Health, Medicinal Treatment.

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini

Qualifications: MBBS, AMC Certified, FRACGP, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Speaks: English, Balochi, Brahui, Hindi, and Urdu

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) / Family Medicine Physician with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years in the field of healthcare. Renowned for his profound knowledge, comprehensive and compassionate approach, Dr. Tariq Jamaldini ensures that every family member, from infants to seniors, receives the individualised care they deserve. With a strong commitment to promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of his patients, Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has solidified his reputation as a trusted healthcare professional in the community. His medical practice is built on a foundation of integrity, empathy, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of those he treats. Through his dedication to continues learning and clinical excellence, he has expertly diagnosed, treated, and managed a wide range of health conditions, placing him at the forefront of Family Medicine.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Tariq Jamaldini’s diverse expertise encompasses various areas of medicine, making him a well-rounded practitioner capable of addressing a wide range of patient needs. His dedication to improving the health and well-being of his patients continues to be the driving force behind his successful medical career. 

  • General Practice: Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a trusted General Practitioner (GP) who focuses on providing a wide range of general medical services to patients of all ages. Whether you need preventive care, health assessments, or treatment for common illnesses, you can trust Dr. Jamaldini to deliver compassionate and personalized healthcare with his holistic approach.  
  • Cosmetic Medicine: Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has been actively involved in performing cosmetic procedures since 2009. His interest in cosmetic medicine reflects his belief in the importance of helping patients look and feel their best. His expertise in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, PRP injections, allows him to provide patients with safe and effective solutions to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence.
  • Skin Cancer: Tariq Jamaldini takes a proactive approach to skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. His comprehensive knowledge of skin cancer, coupled with his skill in performing screenings and providing treatment options, has saved many lives. 
  • Medicinal Prescriber: Tariq Jamaldini is a certified and authorized specialist prescriber for medicinal, helping patients manage chronic pain and various medical conditions with this alternative therapy. His thorough understanding of the medical benefits of ensures that patients receive the best possible care. 
  • Men’s Health: Tariq Jamaldini understands the unique healthcare needs of men and provides specialized services tailored to men’s health concerns. Whether its addressing issues related to prostate health, sexual health, hormonal imbalances, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculations, hair loss or overall wellness, Dr. Jamaldini is here to support men in their healthcare journey.
  • Opioid Dependence Treatment: Dr Tariq Jamaldini has been a licensed opioid prescriber with Queensland Opioid Treatment Program since 2013. During this time, he has successfully treated and stabilized a significant number of patients who were struggling with opioid dependency. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of opioid addiction, Dr. Jamaldini provides compassionate and evidence-based treatment choices. His steady dedication is focused on assisting individuals in their journey to overcome addiction and reclaim their health and overall well-being.

Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini dedication to providing high-quality healthcare, combined with his multifaceted expertise, makes him a respected and valued member of the medical community. His patients appreciate his unwavering commitment to their well-being and the comprehensive care he provides across various medical disciplines.

Book an online appointment or call: 07 55922299

Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril

General Practitioner, Male, MBBS, AMC, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.Speaks Malayalam, and English  Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril is a vocationally qualified and experienced General Practitioner from India having completed his Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India in 2002. He started his medical career in various medical facilities in Kerala, India. He moved to Australia in 2007 and commenced working at Alice Springs Hospital, NT. He has since worked in hospitals in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and commenced General Practice in 2016 in Kilcoy QLD followed by North Stradbroke Island and Beaudesert. He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in 2021. Dr Altaf has special interests in Chronic Disease Management, Acute Management and Mental health amongst other areas of General Practice. He also performs skin cancer checks and minor skin procedures. Dr Altaf speaks Malayalam in addition to English.  

Areas of interest:

  • General Family Medicine
  • Mens health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health assessments
  • Mental health
  • Skin cancer Checks
  • Minor surgical procedures.

Dr Paul Fisher

Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Dip RACOG) Dr.Fisher qualified as a Pharmacist before completing a medical degree at The University of Tasmania. After working in hospitals & General Practice in Tasmania & Queensland, He commenced work at My Doctors Clinic (formerly The Day & Night Medical Centre) 20 years ago. He is a Medical Officer in The Air Force Reserve & has worked as a Doctor for the Defence Department over the past 30 years. Paul is interested in all areas of General Practice with a special interest in Mental Health (He is a Doctor for Beyond Blue), Obstetrics (Maternity) & Diabetes.