Platelet-Rich Plasma—Harnessing Your Own Healing Potential
Most traditional medicine has been concerned with adding or introducing various chemicals, external agents, or devices to your body in order to heal or fix it. “Take this pill and you’ll feel better,” for example.
Don’t get us wrong: these kinds of treatments are still very important and valuable. But your body is built with plenty of resources to heal and restore itself, too. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment option that actually uses your own blood to energize the natural healing processes already going on inside your body.
First, a quick bio lesson. A little more than half of the total volume of your blood is composed of plasma—the watery fluid that blood cells “swim” around in. The vast majority of the remaining 45% or so is composed of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your tissues. The remainder (around 1% of blood volume) includes white blood cells, which fight disease, and finally, platelets.
Platelets are extremely important for their role in clotting and closing wounds. However, they are also an incredible natural source of proteins called “growth factors,” which are extremely important for healing and regenerating damaged connective tissues. If you’re suffering from a soft tissue injury like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, those growth factors have a big role to play in helping you feel better.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, is designed to put those growth factors to work where they’re needed most. We start by drawing a sample of your blood, then spin it in a centrifuge until all the individual components have been separated. We can then remove the red blood cells and recombine the plasma and platelets, creating a mixture of your own blood that is super-concentrated with growth factors. That mix can now be injected directly into the injured connective tissues, which can often dramatically accelerate the pace of healing. And since it’s your own blood, there should be no risk of rejection or disease transmission.
PRP has been practiced in clinics around the world for the last 30 years or so, and became famous in 1990s after a handful of notable professional athletes used it to recover from their sports injuries. But it’s not an exclusive treatment, and we’ve used it to help people just like you recovery quickly from injuries. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call the Aadvanced Footcare Associates at one of their three locations:
- Rego Park: (718) 896-4433
- Plainview: (516) 822-9595
- Flushing: (718) 969-2266