How PRP Therapy Works to Accelerate Healing

At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we offer the revolutionary platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to heal wounded tissue. PRP is an extraordinary, noninvasive way to harness your body’s own healing power to repair, restore, and regenerate damaged soft tissue and joints.

First used primarily by professional athletes, such as Tiger Woods and Hines Ward, PRP has proven so effective that it’s become more readily available to amateur athletes and regular people suffering from joint or muscle pain.

The treatment involves taking a small sample of your blood and spinning it in a high-speed centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. The concentrated platelets and plasma are then injected into places of injury. Growth factors and healing cytokines contained in platelets go to work healing tissue, increasing blood flow, and relieving pain.

Platelets’ healing power

Platelets are a component of the blood responsible for clotting and promoting healing. They play a critical role in tissue repair and regeneration. When platelets are present at a wound, they help healthy cells migrate and proliferate to accelerate healing.

PRP therapy provides a concentrated number of these healing factors at a site that needs it, such as an arthritic knee or hip with bursitis.

Increased blood supply

One major reason PRP therapy seems to work is its ability to increase the blood supply to injured areas. For example, the Achilles tendon can become subject to microscopic tears that go on to form scar tissue. This causes the pain of Achilles tendinitis.

The tendon has a poor blood supply, making it hard for your body to nourish it and heal it on its own. When PRP is injected into the area, the body gets a boost of healing and can go to work using the nutrients and growth factors present in the PRP to promote healing.

Candidates for PRP therapy

We may suggest PRP therapy if your soft tissue pain doesn’t respond well to conventional therapy methods, such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. You may also want to jump right to PRP therapy if you want to avoid the potential side effects of prescription pain meds and steroid injections.

The types of injuries that respond best to PRP therapy are those to soft tissue. These include osteoarthritis of the knee, patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Talk to the team of experts at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to determine if your injury could respond well to the treatment.

Benefits of PRP therapy

PRP therapy is still in its infancy when it comes to research, so each person reacts differently to the treatment. You may see benefits after just one set of injections, or you may need a series to feel real relief. In the first week or two following the injections, you may actually feel slightly more pain and inflammation as your body sets to healing. But over the course of several weeks, you feel a decrease in pain, or it disappears altogether.

PRP therapy can be effective enough to delay and sometimes eliminate the need for surgery. It’s noninvasive and doesn’t have the major recovery time of surgery, either.

At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we want to help men and women in New York City feel their best and restore function so they can do all the activities they love. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for sports injuries and chronic inflammation to help you heal. To find out how we can help you, call the office or schedule an appointment using this website.

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