In some cases, PRP therapy can make surgery unnecessary, Dr. Ramy Fahim says.
A powerful blood therapy that has helped many high-profile athletes recover from injuries is having similar results for patients of NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, administered through injections, is an alternative to surgery and capitalizes on the natural healing capabilities of the body’s own blood platelets to accelerate the healing of tendons.
It has been helpful in treating chronic plantar fasciitis, knee tears, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow and other non-healing tendon injuries.
“It can have great results for patients who don’t want to go the route of surgery,” said Dr. Ramy Fahim, a podiatric physician and surgeon at NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers.
PRP therapy involves removing a patient’s own blood, isolating and concentrating specially prepared platelets and re-injecting those into the tendons of an affected area.
“The platelets release substances known as ‘growth factors’ that promote tissue healing,” said Dr. Fahim. “They can speed up the healing process by more than 50 percent and patients usually experience 70 to 75 percent of relief after about two months, following the injections.”
The in-office procedure was developed more than two decades ago to address wounds and blood loss related to heart surgery.
Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry had PRP injections for a knee injury during playoffs in 2016. He joins many other professional athletes who’ve benefited from PRP therapy and quick recovery times, including Tiger Woods (golf), Hines Ward (football), Maria Sharapova (tennis), Alex Rodriguez (baseball) and more.
However, it’s not just athletes who can benefit from treatment. Many patients of NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers have taken advantage of the safe, affordable treatment in the past decade.
“When you couple this with physical therapy, you can have great results without the longer recovery time of surgery,” said Dr. Fahim.