Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a revolutionary treatment that provides lasting relief for all kinds of orthopedic issues and injuries. If you suffer from chronic foot or ankle pain, or have been through trauma, expert New York City podiatrist Philip Messenger, DPM, PLLC, at West Side Foot Care can help you with platelet-rich plasma treatments. Find out if you’re a candidate for PRP by calling Dr. Messenger’s conveniently located Manhattan office or scheduling a consultation online.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment involves extracting specialized cells from your blood. After gathering a small blood sample, usually from your arm, Dr. Messenger deposits your specimen into a centrifuge. This machine rapidly spins your blood, forcing healing growth factor cells to separate. These are the same cells, called platelets that heal tissues when you have an injury.
After mixing the concentration of growth factor cells back in with some of your plasma sample, your PRP is ready. Dr. Messenger carefully injects the PRP into your injured area. In some cases, he may numb the area with an injection of local anesthetic, but the PRP injections themselves typically only cause brief moments of discomfort at worst.
Once that concentration of growth factors are injected into your foot or ankle, they immediately start regenerating new cells and tissues. Over time, any injury or broken-down tissue becomes fully restored. A single PRP treatment can help with:
Most patients experience relief after one treatment, but Dr. Messenger can let you know if you’re going to need additional sessions. For more severe injuries or conditions, you might need more than one PRP treatment, each scheduled several weeks or months apart.
For the first week or two after having a PRP treatment, you might experience slight swelling, pain, and discomfort. This is entirely normal and is only a sign that those growth factor cells are busy regenerating fresh, new tissues. However, not all patients experience these temporary effects when starting PRP treatment.
It can take at least three weeks before you start feeling the benefits of your PRP treatment. Rest assured though, with each passing day your injury is getting better. Because PRP is known to be safe and doesn’t cause any side effects, you can have multiple PRP treatments with Dr. Messenger if needed.
Learn more about custom PRP treatments at West Side Foot Care by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online today.