Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections in Old Greenwich, CT

Plasma is a type of clear fluid that makes up your blood. It carries red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets — which help your blood clot — and other small cellular elements around your body. Plasma is also full of proteins that can help your body make new cells. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance made of concentrated plasma. It has higher levels of platelets, proteins and other substances than regular blood plasma does.

PRP has higher concentrations of substances that encourage your body to grow new tissue. This may help your body do a better job of recovering from certain injuries or conditions. PRP injections may reduce pain and get you healed much faster without the need to opt for surgical intervention. 

What to Expect with PRP

PRPs can be helpful for treating a variety of health conditions, especially those related to your feet and ankle joints, muscles and tendons. Common conditions that a PRP injection may treat include:

  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Fasciosis
  • Tendinosis
  • Pulled muscles
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Ankle ligament injuries
  • Injuries or pain you experience after foot or ankle surgery

PRP is created from a drawing of your own blood. During a treatment, our doctor draws a few small vials of blood from a vein in your body. Then, these vials are placed into a machine called a centrifuge. This spins the vials very fast. As the vials spin, the blood inside them separates into different layers of red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma.

Once the blood separates into components, the doctor uses some of the components to create the PRP injection. When the injection is ready, Dr. Panchal cleans the area where you're getting the shot. The doctor then uses a syringe filled with PRP to inject the substance. She might also use an ultrasound machine to target the injection at the correct location. 

You likely won't experience many side effects from a PRP injection. That's because it's made from your own blood. After you have the injection, you need to rest for a few days. You might also begin physical therapy to strengthen the area where you had the injection. Dr. Panchal may want you to wear a boot or brace on your foot. This keeps it stable while it heals.

PRP is not a service covered by insurance.

Call our office today to see if you qualify for PRP therapy.