Platelet rich plasma therapy is a type of treatment that is used to aid in the healing of injuries. It entails using plasma infused with a concentration of platelets that is much higher than what can usually be detected in blood. The therapy is prepared by drawing blood from a patient, separating the platelets from the blood and then using centrifugal to increase the concentration of the platelets.
Once the appropriate concentration is achieved, the platelets are mixed with the remaining blood.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma can be used to help patients heal from a variety of soft issue and bone injuries. The treatment is applied by injection directly into the area of the body that is injured. It is frequently used to treat:
- Torn tendons
- Muscle sprains
- Injured joints
- Damaged bone cartilage
The Advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Patients will find undergoing platelet rich plasma therapy beneficial because:
- It reduces the need for pain medication. Many patients report experiencing significant pain relief after they receive just one treatment.
- It can shorten recovery times. Platelet rich plasma can enhance the body’s ability to repair injured tissue by reducing inflammation. This can reduce the amount of recovery time that is typically needed after undergoing surgery.
- There is no risk of rejection or infection. Because the blood used to prepare the platelet rich plasma is taken directly from the patient, there is no chance of his or her body rejecting the treatment or becoming infected.
- It is convenient. The therapy can be completed in under an hour. Many patients are able resume their normal activities almost immediately after the procedure is finished.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is a treatment that may aid in healing a variety of injuries. At Southwest Foot and Ankle Center, we can evaluate your medical condition and determine whether it is a viable treatment for you or if you would benefit from other options. If you would like to know more about the procedure, contact us by phone to arrange an appointment for an initial consultation.