Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

James W. Rust
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PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections represent a newer form of therapy, where substances taken from a person’s own body are used to treat tissues that are damaged or injured. Referred to as an autologous blood therapy, a person’s own blood components are used to stimulate healing. Blood is drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge, and the platelets (the growth and healing factors of the blood) are drawn out afterwards. After the platelets are drawn out, they are re-injected into the damaged tissue in the plantar fascia. This stimulates healing at a rate of 500% more quickly than the healing rate of normal blood vessels. PRP injections allow the body to take over the healing process. This type of therapy takes much of the pain out of the recovering process, because it doesn’t require surgery and subsequent, painful rehabilitation. Platelet injections are ideal for individuals who would prefer a less invasive form of treatment for whatever ails them including plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and partial tears of the Achilles and tendonitis in this ligament.