PRP Injections

PRP Injections Specialist
Many professional athletes from NBA superstar Stephen Curry to New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud tout the amazing healing benefits of platelet rich plasma. Committed to offering his patients the most advanced treatments, Dr. Floyd Pacheco, Jr. at Sandia Foot and Ankle in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides PRP to treat tendon problems, ligament issues, plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle ailments. Call or book an appointment online to see if you’re a candidate for PRP treatment.

PRP Injections Q&A

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a regenerative medicine treatment in which a substance derived from your own blood is used to treat tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone injuries, and arthritis. PRP treatment has an excellent safety record and is widely used to treat sports injuries, particularly chronic tendon injuries.

How does PRP therapy work?

Before you receive your PRP injection, the staff at Sandia Foot and Ankle Clinic draw a small amount of your blood and place it in a centrifuge which spins it at high a speed separating the platelets from other components. These platelets are concentrated and injected into the injured site. Because the platelets are prepared from your own blood, PRP injections are relatively safe. Platelets - small cells in the blood that help form clots which stop bleeding - contain a large number of growth factors that stimulate healing.

The procedure takes place in the doctor’s office and may take several hours, including preparation and recovery time. After the procedure, you may experience mild pain or slight discomfort for several days. Depending upon the area treated, you may be instructed to limit weight and movement for up to a week; you may be required to wear a brace or a cast in the days immediately following your procedure.

What does PRP therapy treat?

PRP stimulates natural healing of injuries in the body. The goal of PRP is to reduce pain, improve joint function, or repair damage to tendon tissue. It not only relieves symptoms but also creates natural healing. In some cases, it can reduce the need for medication. PRP plasma has a greater platelet count than is found in normal blood.  PRP injections can be used to treat Achilles tendonitis, tendon and ligament injuries, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and arthritis. PRP is an alternative treatment to surgery.

*Individual results may vary

*Individual results may vary

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