Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
How is PRP treatment 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 for?
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.
What types of conditions are treated with PRP?
Current research indicates soft tissue injuries are the most responsive to PRP treatment.
This includes tendonitis, tendinosis, tendon tears, ligament sprains or tears, loose ligaments, and muscle tears.
PRP has also been effective at treating cartilage degeneration such as arthritis as well as labrum tears in joints.
At the Washington PRP Institute we treat the following conditions:
• Achilles Tendon Tears
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Achilles Tendonosis
• Ankle Arthritis
• Ankle Sprains
• Ankle Sprains
• Anterior Talarfibular Ligament
• Cartilage Damage
• Cartilage Injury
• Extensor Tendonitis
• Flexor Hallucis Tendonitis
• Flexor Tendonitis
• Foot Arthritis
• Ligament Injuries
• Ligament Tears
• Metatarsal Arthritis
• Peroneal Tendon Tears
• Peroneal Tendonits
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Subtalar Joint Arthritis
• Tendon Injuries
• Tendon Tears
• Ankle ligament repair
• Ankle sprains
• Chronic ankle pain
• Peroneal tendon surgery alternative
• Plantar fasciitis surgery alternative
• Treatment for achilles tendonitis
• Treatment for ankle arthritis
• Treatment for ankle sprains
• Treatment for ankle tendonitis
•Treatment for foot arthritis
• Treatment for peroneal tendonitis
•Treatment for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
*Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is also known as Autologus Platelet Concentrate (APC+) and Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP).
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy involves injecting stem cells at the site of damage, using one's own cells heal. Stem cell therapy is usually more beneficial for people with arthritis or more chronic conditions. The procedure itself is relatively painless and can be performed on the same day. If you suffer from chronic foot or ankle conditions and would like last resort for considering surgical intervention try stem cell therapy.