Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma treatment consists of using the patient’s own concentrated platelets that are extracted from the blood and then injected back into the injured area. This is done to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood and contains a larger more concentrated number of platelets than usual.
Platelets are obtained from blood withdrawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge to separate the different types of blood cells, and then injected back into the injured area.
When injected into the injury, healing is greatly accelerated, and pain is significantly reduced within a few days following the procedure. Platelet-rich injections have up to 5 times the healing power of normal blood that has not been put through the enrichment process. Platelet Rich Plasma injections, PRP for short, are used to treat a variety of orthopedic ailments including Achilles tendonitis and chronic plantar fasciitis.
PRP injections Treat Many Orthopedic Conditions Including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle ligament injuries
- Ligament, cartilage, and bone injuries
What Are Platelets Exactly?
Platelets are small cells in your blood that assist with blood clotting and the natural healing process. During the platelet-rich plasma treatment, these platelets are extracted from the blood, isolated from the rest of the blood in a centrifuge, and then reinserted into the body in a more concentrated form.
Platelets in the body send signals to your brain that begin the body’s healing process. These sources of cellular signals and growth factors trigger the healing of the body right away.
Who Is Most Affected By Plantar Fasciitis?
The biggest risk factors most attributed to plantar fasciitis come from three major sources categorized as anatomical, biomechanical, and environmental variables. Based off of these risk factors, there are natural groups of individuals who are more likely to develop Plantar Fasciitis. These groups include:
- Runners and professional dancers
- Workers in the age range of 40 to 60
- People slightly overweight
- Patients who wear shoes featuring very poor support
- Patients with flat feet or high arches
All of that being said, if you fall into one of these groups, and take care of your feet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can usually avoid this common ailment. If your plantar fasciitis does not heal on its own, there are several treatments available with proven methods.
Effective Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis
Aside from platelet-rich plasma treatments, there are some basic remedies which can relieve some of the pains associated with plantar fasciitis. These treatments include:
• Stretching the inflamed area in order to restrengthen your plantar fascia
• Rest and recovery
• Weight loss
• Change of routine
If it’s possible to use your feet less often, like sitting rather than standing at your job, this simple change of routine alone could be enough to ease inflammation over time. This is a process that will take several weeks, but if new stretching techniques, workout routines, and daily practices are successfully changed and adhered to then patients can see real results.
Ultimately, joining these new practices with platelet-rich plasma treatment is the best method for healing Plantar Fasciitis.
How Do Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Work?
The injected plasma promotes healing because it contains concentrated platelets withdrawn from your own blood. The entire treatment takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes since the patient’s blood must be withdrawn, spun in a centrifuge, and then the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the injured area.
Is PRP Treatment Effective?
PRP injections are highly effective, and typically patients feel results after only one injection. Patient’s will not feel immediate relief, compared to something like steroid injections, but the healing process will be jump-started. PRP also costs significantly less than surgery, and the healing time is far quicker. After one week, the injured area should be mostly healed, and normal activity can be resumed. PRP treatment is based solely on scientific research, there are several scientific studies that have shown exactly how PRP treatment improves soft tissue and bone healing.
Besides treating plantar fasciitis, general tendon strength and an increased number of cells has been recorded in Achilles tendon injuries too. Additionally, muscle regeneration in calf muscle injuries has been studied with great results. These initial studies in PRP treatment lead to its use in a number of different orthopedic injuries. Most injuries to the body’s ligaments, muscles, or tendons can be treated effectively with PRP treatment.
Are PRP Injections Painful?
PRP injections are not any more painful than having blood drawn normally, or getting a flu shot. If you’re sensitive to injections there are anesthetics which can be administered to alleviate any discomfort you experience with needles. Keep in mind that PRP injections are not instantaneous, and it typically takes a week or more to see results as the body’s natural healing process kicks in.
Recovery For Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Includes:
- Slight pain for a few days at the injection site
- Mobility and weight bearing may be limited to assist with the healing process
- After a week of rest, patients can return to normal activities
Side Effects of Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment
Side effects are very uncommon with PRP injections, however, like any medical procedure, they are still possible. You likely will experience no side effects at all because the PRP is made from your own blood. Whenever needles are injected under the skin, there is a risk of irritation, infection, or inflammation, however the risk is no different than any other type of injection. After a few days, to one week of rest, some light physical therapy is usually suggested in order to facilitate the healing process and strengthen the area.
How Many Injections Do Patients Require?
Most patients require only one injection in order to feel better, but results can be increased with further injections if necessary. Generally, a patient can receive up to three PRP injections in a 6 month period. Since PRP causes healthy cells to regenerate more quickly, you’ll start to feel better within a week or two. Coupled with some physical therapy, the healing process should take hold right away. For many patients, one PRP treatment will last approximately 6 months without requiring any additional treatment.
Schedule Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Dr. Kourosh, the Los Angeles foot doctor can administer PRP injections to treat your orthopedic ailments ranging from tendonitis, arthritis, sprains, plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries, and even any ligament, cartilage, or bone injuries you mat be experiencing. These conditions can be extremely painful, so if you are living with a condition that requires PRP injections in Los Angeles let us relieve your suffering, and return you to a pain-free walking experience. Take a moment now to schedule your platelet-rich plasma treatment to remedy these issues now.