World-famous athletes and Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger Woods have one thing in common: they’ve all undergone the so-called “vampire facelift,” or PRP therapy. This innovative treatment has been shown to relieve chronic pain, fight inflammation, and slow down aging, among other potential benefits.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It’s a concentrated source of blood plasma with a high platelet count. Thrombocytes, or platelets, are small blood cells that regulate blood clotting.
Clinical evidence supports the potential health benefits of PRP. In controlled trials, this treatment method has been shown to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth, relieve joint pain and inflammation, and stimulate tissue repair.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is best known for its anti-aging properties. What you may not know is that it also provides relief from foot and ankle pain. It’s a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgery and has none of the side effects of medications.
But how does PRP work and what can you expect? Most importantly, is it right for you? Let’s find out!
This form of therapy uses your own blood to stimulate tissue growth and repair. The blood is processed in a centrifuge that separates it into plasma, white blood cells, and red blood cells.
My job as a podiatrist is to separate the platelets from blood cells, mix them with the remaining blood, and inject this substance into the affected area of your foot.
PRP injections are rich in cytokines and growth factors that stimulate the production of new cells and tissues. At the same time, they accelerate healing and reduce inflammation.
So far, platelet-rich plasma therapy has been proven effective for the following conditions:
For example, a recent study published in The BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine has found that PRP may help relieve tendinopathy pain.
In a 2018 clinical trial, this treatment method reduced knee arthritis pain. Subjects experienced no adverse effects other than pain at the injection site.
Foot and ankle pain is one of the most common health complains among all age groups. It can have a variety of causes, from osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis to connective tissue disorders. Sometimes, it results from prolonged sitting and other lifestyle factors.
One way to ease the pain and restore your mobility is PRP therapy.
A qualified podiatrist at the podiatry center can inject PRP into the affected area to help your body heal faster and reduce swelling. Since the injection contains your own blood, it’s unlikely to cause side effects.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is widely used in orthopedics. Each year, more than 86,000 athletes undergo this treatment in the U.S. alone.
PRP injections increase the rate of tissue repair, stimulate cell proliferation, and boost collagen synthesis, leading to faster recovery.
Compared to surgery and medications, PRP injections are safer and less invasive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, by contrast, carry potential side effects like high blood pressure, dizziness, and stomach ulcers. Surgery is painful and requires significant downtime.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been successfully used in the treatment of fractures, muscle sprains, foot pain, and other orthopedic conditions. It not only relieves pain and discomfort but also stimulates cell growth and tissue repair.
Don’t let pain take over your life! Contact us today to find out more about PRP therapy and book an appointment in our modern Clifton podiatry office.