Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)


PRP stands for Platelet-rich plasma. This is an alternative treatment option for those looking for a more holistic, or natural approach to healing your painful condition. Unlike traditional medications which have the potential to cause many adverse side effects, platelet rich plasma is not a man-made pharmaceutical and is obtained directly from one’s own body. This means there is not a concern for your body to reject these cells. The advantage to PRP is that it is full of growth factors and cytokines important for the body’s repair process. PRP can be obtained in such a way that allows physicians to harvest your growth factors in order to kick start your healing process to repair your ailment or injury. PRP has been used for years in sports medicine to treat athlete injuries.

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How is PRP performed?

PRP is a naturally derived treatment option given through injection and performed in the office. We make the experience as comfortable as possible! First, your whole blood is obtained from a blood draw in the office. A nerve block is then given in the treatment area. Once numb, PRP is injected into the treatment area. A small bandage is placed over the injection areas. This procedure will take less than an hour. A great advantage over surgery is there is no down time to this injection; you can leave the office walking on two feet!

What does PRP treat?

PRP can treat most soft tissue, tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries. These include heel pain, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, Ligament sprains, wounds, turf toe, plantar plate injuries, and more. Ask your doctor if you would be a good candidate for PRP as it is a successful option for many foot and ankle problems.

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