What causes ankle pain?
In active individuals, ankle sprains and subsequent pain are one of the most common orthopedic injuries. In fact, in a recent study, it was shown that 77% of people have experienced ankle pain from injury or other source. Ankle injuries are common and can be caused by many different strains and injuries. Some of these injuries include Achilles Tendon ruptures, sprained and broken ankles, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
How is ankle pain typically treated?
Typically, when an ankle injury occurs, doctors prescribe rest, activity changes, ice, compression, and elevation. In some cases, the doctor may subscribe pain medication to assist with the pain while healing occurs. Ankle injuries are extremely difficult to heal, because of the complexity of bones and ligaments in the ankle. The ankle consists of three bones that are held together by ligaments. When these ligaments stretch or tear, the ankle becomes unstable and causes the ankle joint to move around too much, causing additional injury.
How can we help?
New therapies are now available for ankle injuries without the need for surgery. PRP therapy contains a concentration of many different growth factors that reduce inflammation and promote the body’s healing capabilities. Instead of a long road to recovery, PRP therapy allows for the repair of the ankle with local pain-free injections. When using PRP with ankle injuries, PRP can stimulate better cartilage healing and in some cases, it can stimulate the cartilage to regenerate.
Allograft therapy in injection form is also available at Advanced Regenerative Medicine. Allograft therapy is used as a treatment option focusing on biologic joint preservation. Allografts in ankle injuries can also be used to repair damaged nerves.
What are the benefits?
There are several benefits to undergoing PRP therapy for ankle pain, but the most significant being the ability to eliminate treatments like major surgeries. PRP therapy allows for the patient to use their own cells to repair and regenerate damaged cells, rather than going under for surgery to relieve pain. The goal of PRP Therapy is to relieve pain through healing and regeneration of damaged tissues in the knee, thus the treatment provides lasting results without the risks or side effects of surgery and other aggressive forms of treatment. PRP therapy provides permanent healing of the affected area by reversing the breakdown process that occurs with overuse and injury.