Platelet Rich Plasma

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?:  Platelet rich plasma is a therapy use to stimulate the body's natural healing process.  Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood.  Platelets circulate throughout the body in the plasma, and are responsible for helping blood to clot and delivering healing factors to injured tissue.

What are Platelet Rich Plasma Injections?:  A portion of the patient's own blood is prepared containing high levels of platelets.  This platelet rich portion is then injected directly around the area of injury, sometimes utilizing guidance imaging such as ultrasound.  This allows a high level of healing factors to be delivered to the injured area, and stimulates the local reparative process.  This can accelerate healing of damaged muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.  PRP injections have shown efficacy in treating achilles tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, and osteoarthritis.

What are the Advantages of PRP Injections?:  Platelet Rich Plasma injections can decrease pain and speed up the recovery process.  PRP can reduce the need for chronic oral anti-inflammatory therapy.  Since PRP utilizes the patient's own blood, there is less chance that the body will react negatively or reject the therapy.  Side effects to PRP are limited, and are mostly related to injection site pain.  Dr. Crislip has performed PRP injections for foot and ankle difficulties since 2010, and feels it is a valuable therapy that can help reduce the need for surgery.

What is Involved in Receiving the Injection?:  After receiving a trial of less invasive therapy, you may be a candidate for a PRP injection.  Sweet Feet Podiatry utilizes the Arthrex ACP Double Syringe System with or without ultrasound guidance.  We offer this therapy in our office.  When you arrive a small amount of blood will be drawn.  Your blood is then prepared using the specialized Arthrex centrifuge and double syringe system.  The area to be treated is then injected with a numbing agent.  The PRP injection is then performed.  The process takes approximately 30-45 minutes.  It is recommended that the patient decreases activity level for the 24 hours following injection to reduce injection site pain.

If you are interested in being evaluated for PRP therapy, call us at (719) 559-8240 or contact our office for more information.

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