Platelet-Rich Plasma: Is PRP Treatment Right for You?
Tiger Woods has tried it. So has tennis star Rafael Nadal and many other athletes. In fact, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used for many years in conjunction with cosmetic surgery, too. Now, this therapy is being used to promote faster healing after other types of procedures. It shows promise for treating many foot problems, including osteoarthritis and Achilles tendinitis, and may be an option if you need a healing boost after foot surgery.
Beefing Up Your Platelet Count
Your blood is mostly made up of a fluid called plasma, which also carries red and white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are crucial for clotting, but they also contain proteins called growth factors, which are used by your cells for repair and new growth. By the process of centrifugation, platelets are separated from one sample of your blood and combined with another sample, forming a preparation with a greatly enriched platelet count—platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into the problem area, speeding up the growth factors available to your cells for healing.
How the Treatment is Administered
It is important to stop other anti-inflammatory medications before and after this procedure. Using anesthetic to numb the area, our expert podiatrists will inject PRP directly into the damaged tissue. If you suffer from the pain of Achilles tendinitis, for instance, the injection is made into the tendon and surrounding soft tissue. Once the anesthetic has worn off, the pain may increase a bit at first, but subside as the healing process quickly takes over.
Faster Healing for Your Feet
While researchers don’t yet understand exactly how it works, PRP therapy seems to help ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues heal and grow more quickly, partly through an anti-inflammatory effect. When used after surgery for repairing tendon tears, this option may mean quicker healing time. Treatments for joints affected by osteoarthritis or foot fractures may produce good results sooner than conventional remedies.
Less Risk for You
Because the patient’s own blood is used, issues associated with other blood treatments are avoided. The main risks of PRP are infection at the treatment site and pain. Pain may actually increase a bit right after treatment and then subside. The quicker you heal, the quicker you can begin to resume your normal activities.
We Want to Help Your Feet
From chronic tendon problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, to injured ligaments, torn tendons, or fractures, we offer a variety of treatments that can bring you relief and let you live your life without constant foot pain. PRP therapy may be the best option for your particular problem, so come in and let us take a look.
At Aadvanced Foot Care Associates, our podiatrists have over 40 years of foot care experience. Dr. Hal Abrahamson and Dr. Daniel E. Orozco offer you their expert help. Contact us by calling our office in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, and in Plainview at (516) 822-9595. You can also request information or an appointment on our website.