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How Do PRP Injections Promote Healing?

Monday, 08 July 2019 00:00

The substance that is referred to as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is often used to accelerate the healing process. It is a part of the patient’s blood that is rich with protein and initiates cell growth. When it is injected into damaged tissue, it can cause new cells to grow, which may give the body a chance to heal faster. Research has indicated patients who have tendon injuries and different forms of arthritis may benefit from the use of PRP injections, in addition to those seeking a quicker recovery time from surgery. There may be possible side effects from PRP injections. These can include injuries to the nerve, pain and discomfort at the injection site, or an infection. If you would like additional information about how PRP injections can be beneficial for you, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Lyle D. Haskell of North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Allen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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