Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an emerging treatment option in Sports Medicine. It was originally used in the nineties to help dental and oral surgery patients gain faster results from soft tissue recovery.Since then, PRP therapy has been used on premier athletes like Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tiger Woods, the number one player in golf for several years. NBA stalwarts like Kobe Bryant and Baseball pitchers like Alex Rodriguez and Bartolo Colon also had received PRP treatments while recovering from their injuries.
What is PRP Treatment?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the platelet rich concentrated part of the plasma. This contains important growth components which aids and expedites recovery of injured tissue. Platelets containing Vitamin K plays a major role in blood clot formation. This treatment is now increasingly used for tendons which typically have poor blood supply. Popular areas include foot and ankle pain, tendon and sports injuries.
For more information of PRP treatments of Foot and Ankle injuries, please refer to www.prpfootankle.com
How is PRP Therapy used?
PRP therapy involves drawing blood from the patient, then treating that blood in a centrifuge until plasma cells and growth factors are concentrated. The same substance is then injected back into the patient into his or her injured tissue, often using ultrasound guidance for accuracy. The patients blood stays in a closed system thereby preventing any form of contamination. This means blood is obtained from the patients arm into a vial like similar to those used for blood tests. That vial is then placed into a centrifuge allowing the various components of the blood to be spun at high rate thereby causing a separation in the blood components and isolating the PRP layer in the test tube. Next utilizing a syringe the blood is extracted into a special syringe and injected into the injured area sometimes using ultrasound guidance in difficult to access areas.
How is this beneficial?
The injected platelets reportedly helps speed the healing process and expedites recovery of the injured tissue. The growth factors that the platelets secrete increases the collagen production and improves the tendon stem cell proliferation, which in turn promotes blood flow and makes the tendon and or cartilage firm and resilient.
How is PRP used for foot injuries?
For the last few years, many PRP studies have been conducted demonstrating varying degrees of success in the healing of foot related injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Muscle Tears and Achilles Tendinosis. Go to PRPFOOTANKLE.com to review the most up to date literature.
Does PRP Treatment show immediate results?
The pain increases in the immediate aftermath of the injection, but the pain intensity reduces subsequently along with providing greater mobility and functionality of the injured tissue. Typically 2-6 weeks’ time frame shows gradual recovery. Some studies have shown definitive tissue improvement 6-9 months after the injection.
Will PRP Therapy work for you?
While there is ample data that shows overall efficacy of PRP treatment, the anecdotal evidence as well as professional sports treatment results does show up positively about PRP’s healing potential. Talk to Dr Kamran Jamshidinia foot surgeon about the effectiveness of PRP treatment for your sports related foot and ankle injury or for your chronic foot pain related to tendon disease, tendinosis, arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, Achilles Tendinosis, Plantar fasciitis, Plantar fasciosis.
It is important to note that PRP Therapy is often not a substitute for surgery when surgery is indeed indicated (example ruptured Achilles tendon). While it is true that some chronic conditions can avoid surgery by using PRP therapy, patients need to be mindful that this is not the cure all and should seek advise of a seasoned foot and ankle specialist that can give objective advice as to the potential efficacy of PRP treatment for your foot and ankle condition.