Regenerative medicine uniquely uses your body’s own healing abilities to treat an array of musculoskeletal injuries, and platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) are at the forefront. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco, Texas, surgeons Charles Cook, MD, and John Noack, MD, and the skilled orthopedic team offers PRP injections to treat tendinitis, arthritis, torn ligaments, and more. To consult with an experienced orthopedic specialist about adding PRP injections to your treatment plan, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration today.
PRP injections are a minimally invasive regenerative treatment for tendon, muscle, and joint injuries. Platelet-rich plasma is a liquid substance made of components of your own blood, but it isn’t the same as regular, unprocessed blood. The active ingredient is the platelets, which are a type of blood cell.
Anytime you injure yourself, the platelets in your blood rush into action to clot your blood in the area and form a scab. They release growth factors that help your cells multiply and rebuild the damaged tissues.
When a physician injects PRP near an injury, the growth factors are activated and ready to help accelerate the healing. After PRP injections, you may experience a faster healing time and better mobility after the healing is complete. The treatment implements your body’s natural processes and has few associated risks and potential complications.
The PRP that the team at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration uses for your treatment comes directly from your own blood or occasionally that of a donor. They take a sample of your blood and place the vial into a centrifuge for processing. The centrifugal force causes your blood sample to split into distinct layers of its different components.
The team extracts and prepares the layer of your blood sample consisting of a high concentration of platelets, or thrombocytes. They’re suspended in plasma, the liquid part of your blood, and the resulting substance contains few red and white blood cells. This processed layer is the platelet-rich plasma that the team uses for your injections.
At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration, the team frequently recommends PRP injections as treatment for various common injuries and chronic conditions affecting the feet and ankles. The team may recommend PRP injections for:
The team may also recommend using PRP injections to aid in healing after certain surgeries. If PRP injections might help in your treatment, your physician tells you how they benefit you and answers your questions about the procedure.
If you’d like to have a detailed discussion of the benefits of PRP injections and regenerative medicine for your condition, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration for a consultation today.