What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
By Reston Foot and Ankle Center
September 16, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Platelet-Rich Plasma TherapyFind out how this revolutionary new treatment could improve long-term and serious injuries without surgery.

Are you an athlete who is dealing with tendon pain or other injuries and not finding the relief you need? Have medications, physical therapy and other conservative measure not done the trick? Concerned that the next step is surgery? Well now you have even more options to handle your injuries when you turn to your Reston, VA podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Therapy.

What is PRP therapy?

While blood is mostly made up of a liquid known as plasma, there are also red and white blood cells and platelets, which make up the more solid aspects of this bodily fluid. Platelets are mainly known for their role in clotting, but they also contain hundreds of growth factors, a type of protein that is helpful for the healing process. PRP is plasma that contains more platelets than is normally found in blood (about 5 to 10 times more).

To create PRP, your Reston Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist will first have your blood drawn. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells, and through centrifugation the concentration of platelets is increased. This platelet-rich concentration is then placed back into the original blood sample.

What conditions can PRP therapy treat?

Before we can decide whether PRP therapy is right for your condition, we will want to examine the area you want to treat, as well as your overall health and whether your injury is acute or chronic. From there we can determine whether this is the right treatment for your needs. Here are some of the common conditions we can treat with PRP therapy:

  • Chronic tendon injuries
  • Muscle and ligament injuries (acute)
  • Post-surgery (to speed up the healing process)
  • Fractures

PRP is injected directly into the injured area to help facilitate faster and more efficient healing. As we outlined above, PRP therapy can either be used to treat conditions like Achilles tendonitis or ligament injuries, or it can be used after surgery to help facilitate faster healing.

Interested in finding out if PRP therapy could treat your condition? Then it’s time to call your Reston podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center for an appointment. Let’s get you moving around pain-free again!

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