PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a revolutionary procedure in treating the chronic symptoms of soft tissue injuries such as Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
The PRP therapy treatment plan utilizes the natural healing properties of the platelets and plasma to repair damaged or torn tendons.
Tendons and fascias are both soft tissues. Traditionally, the treatment plan for those with soft tissue injury like Achilles tendonitis or Plantar fasciitis, involved corrective surgery or physical therapy, and a long-term dependence on pain-reducing medications.
If this course of treatment is successful–fantastic. But what happens when this treatment plan fails? Do you have to continue living with the pain and rely on medications for the rest of your life?
The simple answer is NO. PRP therapy is proving highly successful in treating the chronic symptoms associated with these soft tissue injuries and enabling sufferers to reclaim their lives.
But PRP therapy isn’t simply a treatment of pain, it is a powerful way for the body to heal itself. Let’s walk through how this is possible —
The three main goals of PRP therapy include:
- Harness the body’s natural ability to heal itself
- Improve the body’s function
- Reduce pain
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma, which is also known as autologous conditioned plasma, is taken from the body of the patient.
Platelets, which are a component of our blood, contain proteins and substances that are known as growth factors and are instrumental in the healing process. Plasma is mostly water but contains certain nutrients, growth factors, proteins, and anti-bodies.
How is PRP Derived?
A blood sample is taken from the patient which is then processed to separate plasma from the blood. This concentration of platelets is much higher than what is found in normal blood.
This PRP concentration, which includes a potent concentration of growth factors, anti-bodies, proteins, and nutrients is then injected into the damaged site/tissue to kick-start the healing process.
Why is PRP Therapy a Revolutionary Procedure?
There are two reasons why PRP therapy is considered a cutting-edge treatment option:
- It helps in stimulating healing by encouraging the production of collagen (major component of tendon and ligament tissue).
- It contains certain proteins which have proven to be highly effective in altering pain receptors. Thus, reducing the sensation of pain.
Essentially, PRP harnesses the body’s natural ability to repair itself by concentrating proteins and cellular products from our own body. When we use PRP, we can refine and concentrate the bodies amazing ability to repair itself, by taking some of our richest proteins, growth factors and enzymes and placing them where they’re needed most.
PRP Therapy: Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine
Let’s look at tendon injuries as an example. Chronic tendon injuries cause tendon pain. As a rule – torn or damaged tissue will hurt until they are healed. This is especially true when that tissue continues to be utilized without any rest or interruption to the mechanism that created the injury. As such, one of the worst effects of having to live with these types of injuries is that over time, the pain starts impacting your day-to-day life.
The debilitating pain not only limits physical activity during day time, but because the pain is continuous, those suffering with chronic tendon injuries often experience lack of sleep which can lead to a whole new set of health complications.
If you have tried other treatment options with little or no success, you could be a stellar candidate for PRP therapy.
How Soon Can I Expect Positive Results?
Because the severity, cause, and factors like age and biochemistry differ from person to person, the course of treatment differs from patient to patient.
So, while one patient might start experiencing relief from pain and improvement in their overall condition within four weeks of treatment, another patient could take up to six months to respond.
Consult with Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle
Do you suffer from a chronic tendon injury? Are you worried about your increasing dependence on pain-reducing medication? If yes, we at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle can help you. Give us call today to set up an appointment!