Blood Draw for PRP
What is PRP: PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is a good alternative today in treating different ailments such as tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and wound healing. What makes PRP a good option is that it is minimally invasive to the patient. How it works is that your own blood is drawn through an IV. It is then spun down using a centrifuge to create a concentrate of you own blood. This concentrate now contains important growth factors to help facilitate healing.
PRP in vivo
Treatment Process for PRP: After a thorough exam, explaining the procedure, risks and benefits, and signing of consent, blood will be drawn from your arm. Your blood will then be placed in a sterile devise that will separate the blood into it's basic components. These components include platelets and some white blood cells which then may or may not be mixed with a clotting factor. The PRP is then applied to the wound or surgical site. The PRP may also be placed in a syringe and injected. This specific type of therapy is done for many sports injuries including Shin Splints, Achilles Tendinitis, Peroneal tendinitis and Plantar Fasciitis.
PRP is Safe: Research and clinical studies have shown PRP to be very safe, there is no rejection or allergic reaction as the PRP is made from your own blood. There is minimal risk of injection site infection, as studies have shown PRP to have antimicrobial properties. PRP is a revolutionary biomedical therapy which can be very helpful and safe for the patient with chronic wounds and painful nonhealing injuries. The Foot and Ankle Institute of New England is very proud to be able to offer this treatment option to our patients.
PRP injection for Achilles Tendonitis