What are PRP Injections?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and was first used in hematology. Their use has expanded into the fields of plastic surgery, dermatology, oral maxillofacial surgery, cardiac surgery, ophthalmology, and more. Specialists can inject PRP in your body to help the cells heal faster. PRP injections are often used as a treatment modality for foot and ankle conditions.
Benefits of PRP Injections
As PRP injections have higher concentrations of certain substances that encourage and promote healing and form new tissues, they help a great deal in managing medical conditions that otherwise may take longer to heal.
- PRP injections help your body do a better job of recovering from certain conditions or injuries.
- PRP injections may also reduce pain and improve your muscles to move more smoothly.
Platelet-rich-plasma injections are an increasingly popular treatment modality, especially within the orthopedic community, as they biologically enhance and stimulate difficulty in healing musculoskeletal injuries.
Foot and Ankle Conditions That Can Be Healed with PRP Injections
Platelet-rich-plasma injections are most beneficial in treating the following foot and ankle conditions:
- Achilles tendon injuries.
- Chronic plantar fasciitis.
- Osteochondral lesions of the talus.
- Ankle osteoarthritis.
- Diabetic foot ulcers.
- Ligament injuries.
Specialists create the PRP injection from your blood. During this procedure, the specialist draws a few drops of blood from your body; then, the medical technician places the vials in the centrifugal machine. The machine rapidly spins the blood vials, causing the blood inside the vials to separate into different layers, red blood cells, plasma, and white blood cells.
Platelet-rich-plasma injections are a promising treatment option.
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How Painful Is a PRP Injection?
- The PRP injections are not at all painful.
- But they may become a source of discomfort to the patient in some cases.
- The discomfort level may differ for different parts of the body.
What Should I Avoid After PRP?
- You must not take anti-inflammatory medications for six weeks after its treatment.
- You may face irritation in the affected area after getting treated through PRP injections. It is a sign that injection is useful in your case, and you are getting healed.
Are PRP Results Permanent?
- PRP injections are highly effective and show noticeable results after approximately six months.
- Your specialist may ask you to come once in a while after a year for taking touch-up injections.