When you injure your foot or ankle, the most common treatments have always been medication, physical therapy, or even surgery. However, with platelet rich plasma (PRP) patients can experience a quicker recovery and healing times. With PRP, athletes, and other individuals suffering from injuries and other painful conditions of the foot and ankle can experience improved treatment results.
Common treatments for sprained knees, chronic tendon injuries, and others have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. However, there is now a new procedure that has offered improved treatment results for those suffering from injuries and other painful conditions of the foot and ankle—platelet rich plasma (PRP). Through PRP in Memphis, Los Angeles, and Houston, many athletes and other patients have experienced a quicker recovery and healing times.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Blood, or plasma, is a liquid that also contains small solid components called red cells, white cells, and platelets. Best known for their importance in clotting blood, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors—these are very important for healing injuries. PRP is plasma with more platelets than what is typically found in blood. These growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater than usual.
A PRP preparation requires blood to be drawn from the patient first. Next, the platelets will be separated from other blood cells. The concentration is then increased during a process called centrifugation and is combined with the remaining blood.
The PRP Procedure
Laboratory studies continue to show an increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can actually speed up the healing process in injuries. In order to speed up healing, the injury site will be treated with the PRP preparation, which is done in two ways:
- PRP is carefully injected into the injured area, such as the Achilles tendonitis. A mixture of PRP and local anesthetic can be injected directly into the inflamed tissue. Immediately after injection, the area might experience increased pain in the first week or two, but after several weeks the patient will feel a significant improvement.
- PRP may be utilized after surgery to improve healing for some injuries, such as an athlete with a torn heel cord. Healing a torn tendon can possibly be improved by treating the injured area with PRP during surgery.
Platelet Rich Plasma can be used to provide relief from the following injuries:
- Chronic Tendon Injuries
- Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
- Knee Arthritis
Whether you have just suffered an injury, or experience chronic pain from an injury, PRP from our Torrance, Memphis or Houston podiatric office might be a solution for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nathan Lucas or Dr. John Codwell.