PRP…you hear about it all the time.. so what is it and how can it help with inflammatory conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, neuromas, and even arthritic joint changes in the lower extremity joints.
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma.
Platelet rich plasma injections are very useful in chronic injury cases as they restart and stimulate the inflammatory cascade, which enhances the healing process.
The basic principle of platelet rich plasma is to stimulate a release of growth factors in an attempt to jumpstart the healing of a chronic injury.
One would perform the injection process in the office.
With PRP, blood is withdrawn, placed in a centrifuge to separate the different types of blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets). After being separated, the platelet rich blood sometimes has 10 times a richer concentration of growth factors. Your doctor then injects this platelet-rich portion of blood directly into the area of your injury. Usually with a single injection, although sometimes a series is appropriate.
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