Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic is proud to offer a ground-breaking treatment for ailments of the foot and ankle, whether acute or chronic in nature. PRP or platelet rich plasma injections in Bothell can be completed immediately with excellent results for such issues as plantar fasciitis, unstable ankles, ligament problems, tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, calf strains and foot sprains. Dr. Hall has had tremendous success in over 100 PRP injections, in addition to expanding their use for joint arthritis.
Injuries to the body go through a specific process to mend, called a healing cascade. The initial inflammatory phase lasts about a week and is where the platelets collect to begin healing. The damaged area usually exhibits some redness. The reparative phase of healing includes the development of scar tissue or collagen in the wound and lasts 2-3 months. The regeneration or remodeling phase breaks down scar tissue and modifies the injured tissues, persisting for about 6 months.
When an injury is not effectively treated as quickly as possible, the healing process is disrupted and the body enters a quiescent phase, where the body gives up on healing. The incomplete healing leads to a chronic injury with accompanying pain.
A platelet rich plasma injection restores the inflammatory healing phase by inserting platelets into the damaged tissue to begin the healing cascade again. The goal is to completely heal the injury.
To initiate the PRP treatment, blood is drawn from your arm and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma (containing the platelets) from the whole blood. After the wound is numbed, the plasma is injected directly into the joint, tendon or ligament. To permit ample healing, the affected area is immobilized in a boot for about 1 month.
Call Dr. Hall at Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic at (425)482-6663 to learn more about platelet rich plasma injections in Bothell and to schedule an appointment.