What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a regenerative therapy used to treat injuries and soft tissue damage. Platelets are used by the body for blood clotting and to aid in healing injuries as well as regenerating new tissue. The body’s initial reaction when an injury occurs is to send platelets to the injured area because PRP can stimulate repair through the release of growth factors and attraction of stem cells to the site. PRP therapy is used during surgery and to treat arthritis, tendonitis, fractures, and injuries such as tendon and ligament tears.

What are the Advantages of Using Platelet-Rich Plasma?

The growth factors in the platelets are highly effective in accelerating the healing process. Benefits of using PRP include a catalyzed healing process, tissue repair, inflammation reduction, and hair growth. Factors of effectiveness include:

  • Whether the injury is acute or chronic 
  • The area that the body is being treated
  • The overall health of the patient

What are the Disadvantages of Using Platelet-Rich Plasma?

PRP therapy is not completely FDA backed with research yet. The risks of using PRP therapy are much like those associated with cortisone injections such as irritation, infection, tissue damage, nerve injuries and pain at the injection site. 

What is the Process of Receiving Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

PRP therapy is done by injection through a process called centrifugation. During centrifugation, red blood cells are separated through the use of a machine called a centrifuge and the platelets are extracted. The entire process of drawing blood and concentrating it into a platelet-rich plasma solution only takes about thirty minutes.

If you have a condition that you feel would benefit from PRP therapy, give us a call at 305.853.5151 or schedule a consultation online today with one of our premier podiatrists in South Florida to explore the proper PRP treatment for you.

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