HARNESSING YOUR BODY'S NATURAL HEALING POWER
What if science could harness your body's natural healing power? We can with Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). The body has an amazing capability to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to repair the damaged tissue. The body signals platelets and other components in our blood supply to migrate to the site of injury. Under normal conditions, these platelets release a variety of factors that initiate and subsequently promote healing. New advances in medicine have been developed to harness and concentrate these platelets to be precisely introduced to the injury site in an injectable form. The implantation of these platelets from a small amount of the patient's own blood has the potential to enhance the body's capacity for healing.
Many active patients are familiar with repetitive or overuse injuries that can cause micro tears of muscle and/or tendon fibers, resulting in weakness and pain at the injury site. This can be an acute or chronic condition that can affect the normal healing process of the healing of the damaged tissue. Recent studies have evaluated the use of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to treat those conditions.
PROCESS FOR RECOVERING PLATELET-RICH PLASMA
A very small amount of blood is drawn from the patient into a sterile tube in the exact manner as a standard blood sample. The tube containing a patient's blood i placed into a centrifuge and spun to separate the platelets from the other blood components. After a few minutes, the concentrated platelets are removed from the same tube and re-inroduced into the patient at the site of the injury. Using a sterile needle, your physician will inject the PRP in and around the injury site of injury. This is all accomplished without using any products or other foreign material.
IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA SAFE?
For over twenty years, PRP has been used in many different fields of medicine. Research and clinical data show PRP derived from the patient's own blood is safe, with minimal risk of adverse reactions or complications. Because the platelets are produced from your own blood, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission. As with any injection into the body, there is a small risk of infection, however this is very rare.
PRP INJECTIONS AT THE INTEGRATIVE FOOT & ANKLE CENTERS
Dr. Daniel Pero, DPM, MT (ASCP), is a physician and surgeon trained in the diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle, and leg conditions. Prior to this he attained a Bachelor of Science degree and national certification in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science) from Michigan State University; and had worked for several years in hospital clinical laboratories working with several types of blood products used for administration into patient's bodies for different transfusion purposes including platelets, plasma, and red blood cells. He began studying and working with PRP injections for musculoskeletal conditions since 2006. Dr. Pero and the physicians at the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers perform PRP injections in Jupiter, Loxahatchee / Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Call 561-293-3439 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
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