If you experience a sports-related injury, like an Achilles tendon rupture, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy provides a safe, minimally invasive treatment option that is less invasive than traditional surgery. At Eastside Podiatry PLLC in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, and the team regularly use PRP to treat tendon and other soft tissue injuries. To request your appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a regenerative medicine technique that uses your own growth factors found in blood platelets to encourage your body’s natural healing process.
Your blood is mainly liquid, but it also contains microscopic components, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Platelets help your blood clot, but they also contain hundreds of growth factors that encourage recovery following an injury.
PRP therapy increases the concentration of your platelets by 5-10 times. Once the PRP solution enters your body, it goes to work easing pain and inflammation, while encouraging rehabilitation of tissues.
PRP therapy starts with an in-office consultation. During this appointment, your Eastside Podiatry PLLC provider reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and asks you about your symptoms.
Next, your provider draws a sample of your blood and places it in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around, separating your platelets from the rest of your blood. Your provider puts the separated platelets into a syringe, mixes it with a local anesthetic, and carefully injects it into an area of injured or damaged soft tissue, like a swollen muscle or a torn Achilles tendon.
In the first few days after your injection, it’s normal to experience some pain, discomfort, and swelling. However, the injection of platelets encourages healing. Over time, you’ll notice a progressive improvement in how you feel.
At Eastside Podiatry PLLC the providers use PRP to treat a wide-range of injuries, including:
The providers at Eastside Podiatry PLLC also use PRP therapy to promote recovery following surgery. By administering PRP following surgical tendon repair, there’s a lower risk of long-term complications.
PRP therapy is safe and well-tolerated. However, like corticosteroid and other injections, there are minor risks. Some people experience pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site. There’s also a minor risk of nerve injuries, infection, and tissue damage.
To lower your risk factors, follow your provider’s recovery instructions carefully. Be patient, get plenty of rest, and make sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments.
Request your PRP therapy appointment at Eastside Podiatry PLLC by calling the office or booking online today.