For the convenience of our patients, The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute now offers Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP has been used for years in surgical centers around the US and abroad to improve the success of bone grafting and for speeding healing time and decreasing the risk of infection after surgery. Only in the last few years have doctors and surgeons have found success with injecting PRP for the treatment of chronic pain.
When an injury occurs, platelets and other regenerative blood components collect at the injured site to heal damaged tissues. PRP therapy is an innovative new treatment that allows our doctor to create a solution from your platelets and inject it at the site of injury, precisely targeting the most damaged areas. In this way, PRP injections aid your body’s healing process, help to reduce pain quickly and speed up recovery time.
To begin PRP therapy, we’ll take a small amount of blood from your arm and process it to separate the platelets and beneficial components from the rest of the blood. Next, a sterile syringe is filled with the concentrated platelet solution, which is then injected into the damaged tissue. PRP injections directly to the site are a simple way to stimulate growth factors and promote healing. One PRP treatment is typically finished in less than 30 minutes.
With PRP therapy, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission, since the platelet solution is produced from your own blood. The treatment carries minimal risk of adverse reactions or complications. After a PRP treatment you may see improvement in feeling and function as little as two weeks after your PRP injection, depending on the scope of your injury. Our team will monitor your progress and determine whether additional PRP treatments are necessary.
The physiological effects include:
• Increase tissue regeneration (tendon, ligament, soft tissue and nerves)
• Decrease inflammation
• Decrease pain
• Increase collagen (base component of connective tissue)
• Increase bone density
• Increase angiogenesis (development of new blood cells)
To schedule a PRP consultation appointment , please call 310-412-0183.