A Guide to Platelet Rich Plasma Injections and Its Benefits
A new scientific breakthrough is found in helping treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions with platelet rich plasma injections. This kind of therapy is already gaining popularity with many patients though it is a relatively new kind of therapy. This therapy can help treat ankle and foot conditions including the inflammation and tear of ligaments located in the arch of the foot. People who are suffering from this condition experience much pain which is a kind of stabbing and sharp pain. And there will be swelling on your heels. Early in the morning when you first wake up and put your feet on the floor, you will feel sharp pain. The pain and the swelling does not stay for long because after a few days the pain and the swelling will subside.
The inflammation and tear of tendons is another condition that people suffer from. It is on the back portion of the heel that people experience this condition. This is like the first condition where the patient experiences stabbing and sharp pain. When you walk and especially when you climb the stairs you will experience increased pain and soreness in the area. After a while, the swelling and pain decreases and a nodule appears. At the back of the heel, the nodule will slowly thicken. There will be a slow degeneration of the tendons. The common indications of this repetitive injury are pain, swelling, and redness. This will let the body send more blood to the area that is affected which causes stem cells to clean p the damaged tissue for initiating the process of healing. Injecting the affected area with platelet rich plasma will hasten the process of healing.
The growth factors like bioactive proteins contained in the platelets help to hasten the healing process. These proteins are very important in healing and repairing tissues that are damaged The center of the pain is where the doctor injects the treatment. For patients suffering pain due to inflamed or torn tendons, the injections are done at the back portion of the heel. If you are suffering from inflamed or torn ligaments in the arch of your foot, then you will be injected inside half of your heel’s bottom. Most doctors are careful to keep the procedure safe and what they do is to insert injections that are guided by ultrasound. Discomfort and pain will be felt by the patient in the area that was injected in about a week. To help the patient in this state, doctors recommend the to wear specially designed boots with lifted heels for about fifteen days after the injection.
This type of injection is relatively new but for those who have tried it, the results are very encouraging. Laboratory investigations have shown that the there was great amounts of collagen production and stem cell growth within the patients. This shows that there will be a fast recover process. Plasma has so far had a very high rate of success. And more research are going on to improve its success rate.