Gilbert Recreation program offers opportunities year round for you to be active, whether you are an adult who likes aquatics workouts or a kid learning archery. Staying active is the new normal, and one which sometimes leads to an injury. When conservative therapies don’t manage your pain from injuries like Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis, we may recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy before considering surgery to address your troubles. We want you to know what a treatment is like so you can decide whether this might be the right step for you.
First, we draw your blood and process it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelet level. These platelets contain the growth factors that your body naturally uses to heal damaged tissue. We concentrate them to several times their normal density, and inject it at the injury site to give your natural healing process a boost just where it is needed.
Next, we pinpoint your pain, using ultrasound to see the location of your tendon problem—tears or calcium deposits that are causing pain. We will press on this area of your foot to have you confirm the actual location of the pain.
Finally, the site is numbed with a local anesthetic, and then the PRP is injected into the injured tissue. We may use ultrasound again to guide the needle to the exact spots. When the injection is finished, we’ll discuss the prognosis with you and you can ask any additional questions about what to expect.
There is little risk, since it is your own blood being used, and it is processed in a sterile manner. When the numbness wears off after an hour or so, you may have increased pain for a couple of days until the therapy begins to work.
Results will not be immediate, as the growth factors need time to attract and stimulate what is needed for cell repair. In a few weeks, you should start to see improvement, which could well continue for several months as the healing process continues.
PRP therapy has been effective for healing many soft tissue injuries, but new studies are looking into its benefits for arthritic joints as well. We are pleased to offer this advanced but simple treatment option for our patients who have foot pain from tendon injuries. To find out if you are a candidate, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to schedule an appointment. Reach our Gilbert office at (480) 981-1800 or our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000, or request an appointment online right from this website.