How is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Administered?
A patient’s blood is collected and then spun in a centrifuge specifically designed to concentrate platelets for PRP treatments. Then, topical and injected local anesthetic is provided to the affected region. Third, the needle is advanced in real time under ultrasound guidance.
Is PRP Curative?
Unlike cortisone shots, which are used to reduce pain and inflammation, PRP heals the affected region.
How does PRP Work to Heal?
Growth factors are released from large quantities of activated platelets at the site of injury. This leads to an induced inflammatory reaction that initiates a powerful effective healing cascade. Growth factors stimulate blood flow, promote matrix formation (which is the “groundwork” of all soft tissue), restore tendon and ligamentous proteins that may have been previously compromised, and “toughen up” cartilage to become more firm and resilient.
Is PRP Painful?
Pain and recovery times are significantly less than the traditional surgical procedures and is one of the reasons PRP is quickly becoming a preferred non-surgical treatment favored by both doctors and patients.
How Many Treatments do you Need?
This will vary upon the severity of the condition. However, most treatment plans range from one to three sessions.
What can you Expect after Getting PRP?
For the initial 48 hours, swelling and moderate discomfort are commonly reported near the injected area. Therefore, all patients are provided with pain medicine after PRP and can ice as needed after the injection. By the fifth day, these symptoms are substantially resolved.
How Long has PRP been Around?
PRP is not a new treatment option; however, the scientific advancements of this procedure has developed new treatment applications, specifically for the common conditions of the foot and ankle.