Deron Williams is one of the NBA’s most talented point guards. Unfortunately, though, Williams has sustained a number of ankle injuries over the course of his career. These ankle issues have recurred since the start of the 2013 NBA season. More specifically, Williams has sustained four ankle sprains since the season’s tip-off, and three left ankle sprains in the last two months alone.
Last year, New Jersey’s franchise player finally found a medical solution to his chronic ankle issues. His team doctor began a combination of treatments: PRP injections and cortisone shots.
For those suffering from chronic ankle pain or ankle tendinitis, look no further than Atlanta podiatry physicians, American Foot and Leg Specialists. The podiatry experts at American Foot and Leg Specialists are medically qualified to care for patients suffering from ankle issues, including platelet-rich plasma injections. Now, let’s explain Deron Williams’ ankle treatments a bit more in depth.
Explaining Deron Williams’ treatments
When an ankle joint swells up, cortisone shots quickly and efficiently deliver pain relief. A localized needle injection allows a corticosteroid to reach the area of swelling far more rapidly than pain relief medications that are ingested orally. Cortisone shots do carry a number of risks and podiatrists usually limit the number of shots a patient can receive in a given time period.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Beginning in the 1990s, platelet-rich plasma injections became a prominent treatment option in podiatry circles. PRP injections work by activating a patient’s blood platelets by using platelet-rich plasma and part of that patient’s own blood to promote the healing and recovery of ankle ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles. The platelet rich blood accomplishes this by increasing the amount of growth cells to the body’s affected area. In turn, these growth cells repair the damaged cells.
Independently conducted clinical studies indicate that PRP injections improve the function and decrease the pain in many areas of the body, including: the wrist, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder. And, because, platelet rich injections use a patient’s own blood, side effects are thought to be limited. Like Deron Williams our doctors at American Foot and Leg Specialists encourages patients to explore platelet rich plasma injections as a treatment option for chronic joint and tendon issues.