PRP - STEM CELL THERAPY
PRP - STEM CELL THERAPY IS THE FUTURE OF NON-SURGICAL TREAMENT
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. These cells are harnessed from your own blood. We draw your blood in a special vial that has a solution to isolate PRP cells. Blood is then put through a centrifuge and the end result is a clear yellowish solution, which are your own stem cells. These cells have a concentration of growth factors and proteins that are central to the healing process. This PRP solution is then carefully injected into the area of injury and pain.
You can watch a short video on the process at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MuAirl8OxI
Why is it called PRP therapy?
Because it requires several injections over the course of 3 months. It is not a one time injection that cures overnight. This PRP therapy is predicated on having multiple injections, and is also dependent on patient compliance following each injection. We will go over all of the instructions for the PRP therapy in detail during your consultation.
What can be treated?
PRP is a good alternative to non-surgical treatment of many acute and chronic injuries of the foot and ankle:
- Chronic Plantar Fascitis - heel pain
- Achilles Tendonitis - pain in the back of the heel
- Arthritis with Joint Pain of any joint of the foot and ankle
- Scar Tissue
- Nerve Pain - Morton's Neuroma, Tarsal Tunnel
- Chronic Ankle Ligament Strain or Sprain injuries
- Injury of Most tendons of the foot and ankle - tendontis
Are there any side effects?
Usually there are no side effects, because we are using your own Stem Cells. This is the most positive thing about PRP therapy. There is achinees or soreness to the injection site, that can last several days, but gradually decreases with time...usually 48 hours. There may be local bruising.
What is the success rate of PRP Therapy?
Anecdotal evidience suggests that success rates can be high as 70% to 80% with multiple injections, upto 5 or 6. There are studies that are published, but none have any conclusive data. That is why it is considered experimentals and, thus, usually not covered by most insurance companies. There may be some exceptions.
What is the cost of PRP therapy?
The costs can vary between $400 - $600 per injection, depending on the areas that need to be treated. The treatment may take up to 5 to 6 injections over a period of 3 to 4 months.