PRP therapy for pain
PRP, otherwise known as platelet rich plasma, is being utilized today as a method of "autologous blood therapy." This means that a patient's own blood components are used to create a healing effect to their own injured tissues.
Our bodies use platelets and white blood cells from our blood to further create the healing process. Our platelets are known as growth factors which go to work during an injury.
This PRP therapy lets us use the platelet and white blood cells from the blood to create this growth factor. As we inject the PRP into injured tissues, it will stimulate the healing effect in a larger magnitude. Along with the body's own natural healing elements, it will enhance a much faster treatment and lead to a healthy response.
We have been utilizing the PRP therapy for acute and chronic soft tissue injuries and some joint injuries including the following: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis or partial tears, ankle sprains, peroneal tendonitis, bursitis and muscle injuries. At one time this procedure was done only in the operating room, but now as a modern technique, we are performing this procedure in the office.
The actual procedure involves drawing a small amount of the patients own blood. It is spun down to separate the portion of the plasma that is the platelet rich plasma. In turn, the growth factor PRP stimulates the tissue to create the body's own natural healing process.
When you think about it, we are actually using our own blood for healing . Our goal is to return everyone back to their respective events and everyday activities as quickly as possible.
Dr. Robert F. Weiss, a Sport Podiatrist, was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the 1984 & 1988 Olympic Marathon Trials. Weiss has a practice in Darien, The Foot & Ankle Institute of Darien, and resides in Westport. For more Info visit his Web site www.therunningdoctor.net.