Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelets are small cells in the blood that help form clots to stop bleeding. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
What are the goals of a PRP injection?
When PRP is injected, it can stimulate the body's natural healing of injuries. The goal is not only to relieve symptoms but to create actual healing. In some cases, PRP may reduce the need for medication.
What are conditions are treated?
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar fascia tears
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Tendon/Ligament injuries
How is the treatment performed?
What to expect after a PRP injection
Potential complications and when to avoid PRP injections
As PRP is obtained from your own blood, the risk of reaction is low. As with any injection, there is a small risk of injury to any structures in the area as well as a very small risk of infection.
PRP injections are not recommended for the treatment of infections or cancer.