When we suffer an injury, our bodies have natural mechanisms which help us heal. Of course, if all we needed to quickly and effectively heal were our unaided bodies, we wouldn’t have much need for doctors, medicine, surgery, or other medical treatment. But that’s not the case.
One treatment which has proven to be an effective healing therapy for a wide range of injuries and conditions involves taking one of those natural mechanisms and enhancing it to provide quicker, more effective healing. Called Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), this treatment has been around for many years and is a safe and painless way to help our bodies recover after injury or trauma.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
After an injury to soft tissue, the first response the body gives is to deliver platelet cells to the injured soft tissues. Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they are also enriched with growth and healing factors that will initiate repair and provide assistance to stem cells in damaged muscle, tendon, and ligaments.
PRP therapy takes that natural process and essentially turbocharges it. A sample of blood is taken from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge where the platelets are separated from other elements of the blood. That platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the injured tissue, stimulating the work that the body is already doing.
Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
PRP therapy procedure is non-surgical and typically takes only a few hours including preparation, injection and recovery. No anesthesia is used nor is there any significant recovery time. PRP offers many benefits which can make it a valuable part of recovery from sport injuries or other conditions, including:
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
Whether on its own or in conjunction with surgery and other treatments, PRP offers patients the opportunity to reduce pain and speed up the recovery process after an injury. You should discuss with your physician whether PRP is right for you.
Call JAWS podiatry Today
At JAWS podiatry in Hollywood, Florida, we know how painful and frustrating foot or ankle problems can be. We also understand that you want to resolve any such problems as quickly and as easily as possible. That is why we utilize the most advanced techniques to reduce pain and speed recovery, including Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. If you’d like to learn more about PRP or how we can help you with your foot and ankle issues, please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.