What if you could jumpstart your body’s natural healing process to treat a foot or ankle injury? At Richard Hochman DPM, LLC, in Coral Gables, Florida, their team includes a board-certified specialist who provides a highly effective regenerative therapy called PRP injections. Find out how PRP injections can help restore you to optimal health by calling or scheduling a consultation online today.
PRP injections are a regenerative treatment that uses your own blood to relieve pain and speed the healing process. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Your blood is made up of various substances, and platelets are one of the components.
Platelets are essential to make your blood clot. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. These growth factors are vital in the healing process.
PRP is plasma that’s supercharged with many more platelets than what’s normally found in your blood. Because PRP is loaded with platelets, it has a higher concentration of growth factors. Research shows this boosts the healing process.
Since PRP injections use your own blood, this treatment is regarded as a more natural approach to healing, with less risk of injury or infection.
PRP injections are used to treat:
For some injuries, PRP injections can also enhance healing after surgery.
Certain factors can influence whether PRP treatment is effective. These factors include:
After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Hochman will suggest if PRP injections are right for you.
To make platelet-rich plasma, Dr. Hochman first draws your blood. The blood is placed in an instrument that spins at high speed. This produces highly concentrated plasma-rich platelets containing nearly 3-5 times more growth factors than in normal blood.
Dr. Hochman makes the plasma-rich platelets into an injection. As you’re getting your PRP injections, he monitors the site with an ultrasound. You may feel a slight irritation where you’re getting the injection.
Depending on your injury, Dr. Hochman may recommend one injection or a series of injections.
You’ll need to take it easy. For 3-7 days after treatment, you should limit weight-bearing activities that involve the treated part of your body.
After treatment, it’s possible you’ll no longer need medications or surgery for your health condition.
If you’re ready to explore PRP injections to stimulate your body’s natural healing process, call today or book a consultation online with the regenerative care specialists at Richard Hochman DPM, LLC.