At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we use highly advanced technology along with cutting-edge nonsurgical, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy procedures to relieve ankle pain due to an injury or condition. Up until recently, many ankle injuries and conditions were treated with surgery or a long period of immobilization. Thanks to recent advancements in regenerative medicine, we can now use PRP therapy as an effective treatment option for ankle pain, getting patients back to normal daily activities in a timely manner.
Commonly Treated Ankle Conditions & Injuries Using PRP Therapy
While we may think of ankle injuries as being most prevalent in those who put rigorous strain on their joints, such as athletes, they can affect more of the population than you may think. The American College of Sports Medicine estimate that 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each day – which accounts for almost half of all sports injuries. Over 80% of ankle sprains are a direct result of inversion, or rolling of the ankle.
At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we understand each injury is unique, however many of the most common ankle conditions can be treated through nonsurgical means. PRP therapy has been successfully used to treat a myriad of ankle conditions including:
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Benefits of PRP Therapy for Ankle Pain
PRP injections have been successfully used for many years to treat patients with joint, ligament and tendon issues. As great strides have been made over recent times, a growing number of high-profile sports stars are turning to PRP therapy to relieve their pain and injuries.
Unlike surgery, PRP therapy is relatively risk-free with very little post-procedure rehabilitation and leaving no unwanted scars. It utilizes your body’s natural healing abilities to target the areas that need it the most. Good candidates are able to receive the best treatment that’s right for them and get back to regular activity almost immediately.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Our blood consists of liquid called plasma, along with small components of red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which are very important in the healing process when an injury occurs. Over time, we may begin to lose some of these powerful platelets that are in our body, making it harder for healing to occur. During PRP therapy, a concentrated source of the patient’s own platelets and growth factors are placed in the site of pain in order to promote regeneration in the body.
The PRP Therapy Treatment Process
A consultation with our center is required before being considered for PRP therapy in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your successful outcome is our #1 priority, and since PRP therapy is not for everyone, our highly trained medical team will only provide you with the most effective treatment options for your particular situation.
If our medical team finds that PRP therapy will be an effective treatment option for your specific injury or condition, you will work with our office to discuss any medication and/or supplements you are currently taking. In order to yield long-lasting benefits, we recommend that you refrain from any anti-inflammatory medication 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the procedure. You will not be required to fast from food or beverages before the procedure.
On the day of treatment, your procedure will be performed in one of our beautiful new treatment rooms at our center. PRP Therapy is considered minimally invasive and is done on an outpatient basis.
Treatment begins by obtaining a small amount of your blood. The blood is then placed in a high-spinning centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the components of the blood so that a rich, concentrated source of platelets is obtained. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area of the body that is in need of regeneration. Many patients find the procedure to be completely painless. The entire treatment process takes around 45 to 60 minutes.