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