In some cases, the most effective regenerative medicine can actually come from within your own body.
At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.
“It’s great for soft tissue injuries of the lower extremities,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “It also works in between the joints and is great for Achilles injuries and tendonitis. It’s one of many rejuvenative treatments that we offer our patients, including amniotic stem cell therapy and cold laser treatments.”
These PRP injections are prepared by first extracting a small amount of a patient’s own blood with strict aseptic technique. After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament.
“We take the patients blood and we spin it,” Dr. Goldbaum said of the PRP process. “We then use a specialized needle to take out the plasma part, which has all of the growth factors that we then inject back into the patient in order to get their injury to heal faster.”
In recent studies, PRP injections have been shown to improve function and decreased pain to various maladies, including – but not limited to – elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonosis.
“I’ll do PRP usually one time,” Dr. Goldbaum said. “Sometimes I have to do it twice. If I’m not getting the results I want after that, I’ll talk to the patient about possibly doing a stem cell injection, which has a lot more healing properties.”
PRP treatments are becoming so popular, in fact, that they are currently being used throughout the NFL and MLB as well as among numerous elite athletes from other sports, including Tiger Woods and Raphael Nadal.
The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they should have no reaction to. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure, then usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening program.
“The advantage is that you are pulling from your own body, therefore you’re not going to have any type of an allergic reaction to the treatment,” Dr. Goldbaum says confidently. “It’s you that you are getting the plasma from – nobody else!”
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