PRP for Plantar Fasciitis
As with any medical intervention there’s no guarantee that stem cell therapy or Platelet Rich Plasma PRP for Plantar Fasciitis injections will work. Yet there’s a good chance that they can help, often greatly, and in many cases complete relief is possible. More importantly however, these therapies cannot make the condition worse or harm the patient in any other way.
This is why many newer podiatrists near me are viewing regenerative treatments as standard of care for several common conditions. Overuse injuries will always be a major part of podiatric care. After all, those of us who are able to walk, run, and participate in sports put tremendous strain on the feet and ankles. In the larger picture It’s a very common-sense fit. As professionals, podiatrists have always fought to (literally) keep their patients on their feet by avoiding surgery whenever possible.
This is the medical term for the long-standing inflammation of the plantar fascia. Since humans walk, run, and play sports in the upright position we put enormous daily demands on this structure. This ongoing abuse gradually creates many extremely small tears in the fibers of the tendon, collectively known as microtrauma.
The pain of plantar fasciitis can be excruciating. It’s typically worse in the morning, leading many patients to dread taking that first weight-bearing step. Symptoms typically lessen throughout the day yet are worsened by activity.
The surgery and its drawbacks:
Plantar fascia surgery almost always involves physically cutting a portion of the tendon to relieve strain and tension. By definition, this procedure will further weaken the already damaged plantar fascia.
There’s also no guarantee that it will work. Estimates of exactly how effective these tendon release procedures actually are, vary considerably. It is believed that about 25% of patients who have undergone a surgical release procedure experience no relief.
Plantar fasciitis and steroid injections:
Today powerful prescription steroid medications are used extensively to treat the pain of plantar fasciitis. These drugs are injected directly into the damaged, painful areas of the tendon, usually just in front of the heel. The relief they offer is often dramatic and nearly immediate. Other patients may experience limited relief or none at all.
There is little doubt that stem cell therapy and related treatments will be used extensively in the near future. These techniques are rapidly evolving, and as our understanding of the healing process improves so too will these therapies.
How is PRP used in Regenerative Medicine?
A PRP treatment involves a series of injections directly into damaged tissue. As mentioned, platelets are covered in naturally occurring chemicals vital to this healing response. It is this characteristic that Regenerative Medicine relies upon when using PRP to treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The injections trigger a powerful healing response which can last for weeks or months. Often this is enough to force the body to finish incomplete or poor-quality healing.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a great example. It’s a very common condition which can persist for years through varying cycles of flare-ups and die-downs. The underlying problem is the accumulation of small amounts of damage in the ligaments of the elbow. After some time, the ligaments are in a constant state of inflammation and the patient begins to experience pain.
Using a series of PRP injections this process can be reversed. Once the ligaments in question heal properly they can resume their normal, pain-free function. This solves the problem without invasive surgery or pharmaceutical drugs like cortisone (steroid) injections. While these ligaments can certainly be damaged again, the healing caused by PRP injections is permanent. Center for Joint Health is the premier facility to receive PRP for Tennis elbow
The role of platelets in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Many people believe that platelets are a type of blood cell, such as red or white cells. Instead, these cell-like particles are largely responsible for clotting, one of blood’s most amazing abilities. They also play a key role in the healing process. Platelets contain multiple healing factors and naturally occurring chemicals which act as signals for the healing response to begin. When injected into an injured ligament or tendon it can trigger aggressive healing response right where it’s needed most.