Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) involves extracting your body’s own powerful growth factor proteins — which are attached to platelets — and strategically injecting them into targeted areas. During your PRP injection session, your practitioner draws a small amount of your blood and deposits it into a specialized blood-processing machine known as a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins your blood, which isolates and concentrates the platelets, and thus, growth factors. This growth factor-enriched solution gets mixed back in with some of your plasma and is then ready to be injected into your injured or damaged tissue.
As soon as PRP is injected, growth factors go to work and start building and healing targeted tissues. The result is decreased pain and inflammation, all without needing an invasive procedure or daily medications.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are beneficial for healing a realm of orthopedic conditions and injuries. You may benefit from PRP treatments if you have:
In some cases, Dr. Petkov may recommend PRP injections to help speed up your recovery after surgery. For instance, if you needed a procedure to repair a torn tendon or ligament in your ankle, PRP injections can be beneficial afterward to decrease pain and inflammation.
Platelet-rich plasma doesn’t work overnight, but rest assured, those growth factors are on the job stimulating your healing process. For the first week or two after your PRP injections at Premier Podiatry, you might experience a slightly elevated level of pain and inflammation. This is normal and just a sign that the treatment is working.
You should start noticing an improvement in your pain level after the first 2-3 weeks, with continuing improvement each day thereafter. It can take up to 6-8 weeks to experience a dramatic improvement.
While most men and women do very well with a single PRP injection session, Dr. Petkov might suggest getting a series of 2-3 treatments for optimal results.
Find out if PRP injection therapy offered at Premier Podiatry is right for you by scheduling an evaluation. Book online or over the phone.
* Individual results may vary.