About PRP Therapy
Our platelet-rich plasma therapy helps athletes and active individuals keep moving
Part of what makes The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine so unique is our ability to apply the latest scientific advances to your treatment plan. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in New York are not just for elite athletes anymore.
“We have been doing Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments for the past four years in patients with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis with fantastic results,” says Dr. Josef Geldwert, director of the Center. Visit our NYC sports medicine doctors for PRP Therapy for foot pain, ankle pain and sports injuries.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment?
Many of the most successful treatments for foot conditions are also the most minimally invasive. Effective therapies can prompt the body to get back on track and do its thing. Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy involves taking a patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, and injecting the enriched blood back into the body at the site of the injury. The spun plasma has an increased quantity of growth factors that aids and speeds healing of damaged bone and soft tissue
Pros: Is Platelet-Rich Plasma For You?
The ideal candidate for PRP therapy is a patient with a tendon or ligament injury who has not responded to several months of stretching, rest, or strength training.
Benefits of PRP therapy include:
- Areas of limited blood supply (like the feet) receive a boost in oxygen & nutrients.
- Increased growth factors in the patient’s blood stimulate natural healing.
- Tissues heal more quickly.
- There is no danger of scarring.
- It prevents further tissue degeneration.
- It can stave off the need for surgery.
- The treatment is safe and well-tolerated in patients with no side effects.
- Unlike corticosteroid shots, PRP injections do not weaken the tissue or increase the risk of ligament rupture.
Cons: Are There Any Drawbacks To PRP Therapy?
Before seeking treatment using platelets, consider the following:
- While clinical practice has yielded great results, large clinical trials have shown inconsistent results. Researchers are still learning why PRP may not work for every case of tissue damage or degeneration.
- Most insurance companies consider PRP an experimental treatment and do not cover the cost of treatment which ranges from $250-$800 depending on how many PRP injections you need.
- The injection itself stings like a tetanus shot, and some soreness may persist for one or two weeks.
- It may be several weeks before you notice beneficial effects.
PRP Injection for Plantar Fasciitis
Chronic foot pain like plantar fasciitis can be extremely difficult to treat by other methods but we have seen excellent results using PRP growth factors to trigger natural healing in the heel.
A study at the University of Wisconsin found that a single injection of PRP lead to 82% improvement in sports performance and 32% functional improvement after 32 weeks for patients who suffered from plantar fasciitis for more than three months. Researchers praised PRP injections for effectively reducing pain symptoms without surgery.
In another study, athletes with severe heel pain saw baseline performance scores improve after 12 months of PRP therapy, compared to those treated with steroid injections. Researchers noted that the treatment was not only cost effective, but time-efficient, too.
PRP Therapy for NYC Basketball Injuries
Basketball players often injure their Achilles tendons, and PRP therapy has proved a beneficial treatment. In our blog, we’ve written about several top NBA players who have received PRP injections to repair their tissues faster, including:
Other Applications for Plasma Therapy
We’ve seen great results with PRP injections for:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
Complementary Therapies for Foot Pain Management
Our NYC sports medicine centers in Manhattan and Westchester offer patients other therapies that may be used as an alternative to PRP or along with PRP therapy, including:
- Shockwave therapy
- Physical therapy
- Surgical interventions
- Cortisone shots
- Gait analysis
- Custom orthotics
- Focused aspiration of scar tissue
Contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to inquire about Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments in NYC. We offer PRP therapy at our Manhattan (10128) and White Plains (10601) offices.