If you’re looking for natural solutions to heal soft tissue injuries, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be an option. At Eazy Foot & Ankle, Albert Elhiani, DPM, offers in-office PRP therapy using substances from your own blood to heal soft tissue strains and tears. Additionally, Dr. Elhiani uses advanced ultrasound technology to guide your injections into a precise location within your foot and ankle to ensure the best possible outcome. Shockwave therapy is another non surgical treatment modality that uses shockwaves to stimulate blood flow to an area and speed up the healing process. Call the office in the Pico Robertson area of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, to find out if PRP or shockwave therapy is right for you or book an appointment online today.
PRP is a substance found naturally in your blood that contains essential growth factors that stimulate your body’s ability to heal damaged tissues from the inside out. The growth factors prompt your body to produce healthy, new cells to replace those damaged by injury or disease.
PRP is a treatment formulated from your own blood. Once the high platelet solution is created, Dr. Elhiani injects it directly into the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your feet or ankles to reduce inflammation and help tissues heal more efficiently.
You might be a candidate for PRP therapy if you have persistent pain or mobility issues from foot and ankle conditions like:
Dr. Elhiani physically examines your foot or ankle and may request X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to determine if you’re a candidate for PRP therapy. He may recommend this type of treatment if medications, physical therapy, and other nonsurgical strategies aren’t working.
PRP injections can also help you put off or avoid surgery for painful soft tissue injuries by harnessing your body’s ability to heal itself.
Eazy Foot & Ankle also offers extracorporeal shockwave therapy, a nonsurgical, noninvasive treatment to stimulate soft tissue healing. Delivering shockwave energy into injured tissues in your feet and ankles stimulates your body’s healing abilities to reduce inflammation and pain.
Dr. Elhiani may combine shockwave therapy with PRP injections to improve your treatment outcome.
During your PRP therapy appointment at Eazy Foot & Ankle, Dr. Elhiani draws a sample of your blood to prepare it for your treatment. He uses a centrifuge to spin the blood and separate the platelets from other blood materials.
The resulting high concentration of platelets are what Dr. Elhiani injects into your foot or ankle. To ensure he injects the PRP into the right location, Dr. Elhiani uses bluetooth ultrasound technology during your injection to guide the needle into place and maximize your outcome.
The entire process takes about 30 minutes. You can expect to go home soon after your treatment with minimal limitations.
While you may not see immediate results of your injection for a few weeks, PRP therapy can provide long-lasting pain relief and improve your mobility. It takes time for new cells to form, and many people begin seeing results within 4-6 weeks of treatment.
Call Eazy Foot & Ankle to schedule a PRP consultation or book an appointment online today.