Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is another type of regenerative injection therapy that we offer at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.

There are a lot of surface similarities between the treatments. Both are injectable treatments packed with growth factors and other proteins that help your body accelerate repairs. Both are 100% natural and safe, made from materials derived from biological tissue.

In the case of PRP, that tissue is your own. A sample of your blood is drawn, spun in a centrifuge, and then recombined (after removing the red blood cells) to create a solution highly concentrated in platelets—which contain the growth factors and other essential tissue repair nutrients.

Both treatments can be highly effective in the right circumstances, but they aren’t exactly interchangeable, either. Whether we recommend one or the other will depend on the specific particulars of your situation.