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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

An Alternative Approach to Healing Tendon and Ligament Injuries

What are Tendons and Ligaments?

Tendons connect muscle to bone and enable you to move. These tough yet flexible bands of fibrous tissue attach the skeletal muscles to the bones and enable you to move. The Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles of the calf to the heel bone, is vulnerable to tearing and tendonitis. Ligaments connect bone to bone and help to stabilize the joints they surround. They are composed mostly of long, stringy collagen fibers that create bands of tough, fibrous connective tissue. To prevent potential injury and strain on the tendon, stretching the calf muscle to keep the tendon flexible is recommended.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP as it is commonly known, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets contain growth factors that initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration by: stimulating connective tissue healing: bone, tendon, ligament regeneration and repair; promote development of new blood vessels; and stimulate the wound healing process.

What are potential benefits?

Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication or surgery as well as a remarkable return of function.

Are there any special instructions?

You are restricted from the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) one week prior to the procedure and throughout the courses of treatments. Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Most patients only require some extra-strength Tylenol to help with the pain. Ice and heat may be applied to the area as needed. The first week after the procedure, patients will typically start a rehabilitation program with physical therapy. However aggressive physical activity is discouraged.

How soon can I go back to regular physical activities?

PRP therapy helps regenerate tendons and ligaments but it is not a quick fix. This therapy stimulates the growth and repair of tendons and ligaments, and requires time and rehabilitation. Through regular visits, your doctor will determine when you are able to resume regular physical activities.

Is PRP right for me?

If you have a tendon or ligament and injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. Schedule an initial evaluation at Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, and affiliate of American Foot and Leg Specialists located right inside one of their conveniently located offices, to see if PRP therapy is right for you.