Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma, sometimes called “PRP” treatment, uses the patient’s own platelets which are extracted from their blood and then concentrated before being injected into the area requiring treatment. This stimulates your body’s natural ability to repair itself.
After blood is withdrawn from the patient, it is spun in a special centrifuge which separates your platelets from your blood cells. When these platelets are injected back into the treatment area, your pain is drastically reduced and the healing process increases within just a few days.PRP can treat many orthopedic conditions such as:
. Arthritis
. Tendonitis
. Sprains
. Ankle ligament injuries
. Plantar Fasciitis
. Cartilage, ligament, and even bone injuries

What Are Platelets?

These small cells are found in your blood and assist your body’s natural healing process. When undergoing PRP treatment, your platelets will be extracted from your blood and then isolated with a centrifuge before being reinserted into a targeted treatment area. Platelets trigger cellular signals to increase growth factors and speed up your body’s healing process.

Who Is At Risk For Plantar Fasciitis?

Risk factors usually attributed to the development of plantar fasciitis stem from biomechanical, environmental, and anatomical variables. Individuals more most likely at risk include:

. Professional dancers
. Runners
. Workers who perform manual labor
. People who are slightly overweight
. People who usually wear shoes without proper support
. People with high arches or flat feet

If you fit one of these risk profiles it is extra important that you pay attention to your feet and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although this is a common condition it can be avoided with proper awareness of preventative care.

How Can I Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Other than PRP, here are some basic remedies you can try on your own:

. Rest and recovery
. Change of routine
. Weight loss
. Stretching the inflamed area

If you can, try to be on your feet less frequently. This simple change might be enough to slowly reduce your inflammation. Although it may take several weeks, when combined with workout routines and stretching techniques you can experience real results.
However, combining these techniques with PRP treatment is the recommended method for treating Plantar Fasciitis.

How Do PRP Injections Work?

The injection promotes healing because has concentrated platelets which are extracted from your blood. The whole process takes up to 90 minutes including time for your blood to be drawn, spun in our centrifuge, and finally injected back into the treatment area.

Is PRP An Effective Treatment?

PRP injections are very effective, and usually patients experience results following just one injection. PRP will cost a lot less than a surgery, and your healing time is much faster. After just a week, the treated area will be almost completely healed, and you can resume normal activity. PRP is firmly backed by scientific research, with several scientific studies finding significant improvement in bone and soft tissue healing.
Aside from the treatment of plantar fasciitis, general strength increase in tendons and an increase in cell count has been observed when treating Achilles tendon injuries. Additionally, calf muscle regeneration been observed when injuries were treated with PRP. These preliminary studies paved the way for PRP treatment to be approved for injuries to the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments

How Painful Are PRP Injections?

PRP injections are no more painful than any other shot or injections. If you have a sensitivity to needles, we can use an anesthetic to remove any discomfort you might experience. Please remember that PRP injections will not show instant results. You might need to wait up to a week to feel the results as your body ramps up it’s healing process.

The Recovery Period For PRP Injection Includes:
. Slight pain at the sight of injection for a few days
. Reduced mobility
. Staying off your feet to help your body naturally heal
. One week of rest before resuming normal daily routine

What Are The Side Effects Of PRP Treatment?

PRP injections usually do not cause any side effect, but like any medical treatment, they could occur in some rare instances. Because PRP is derived from your blood, the risk of your body rejecting it is minimized. Whenever needles pierce the skin, you have a slight risk of irritation, inflammation, or infection. The risk, however, is no greater with PRP than any other injection procedure.

How Many PRP Injections Do I Need?

We have found that most of our patients require just one injection before they feel better, but in some cases, results increase with further injections. We generally recommend no more than 3 PRP treatments within a 6 month time frame. Because PRP will cause your healthy cells to regrow much quicker, you should start to feel better in just a week or two. This treatment coupled with a recommended physical therapy routine will drastically speed up your heeling and increase your overall results.

Schedule Your Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
The Golla Center for Podiatry has the top foot doctors in Pittsburgh ready to administer PRP injections and treat any of your orthopedic conditions ranging from sprains, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, ankle injuries, ligament or cartilage damage, and even any bone injuries you might have. All these issues can be very painful, so don’t hesitate to schedule your risk free consultation and stop dealing with unnecessary pain today!

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