Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 06, 2012
Though there’s no cure for diabetic neuropathy, patients can now find relief from its symptoms through a groundbreaking treatment developed by podiatric surgeon Dr. Bill Releford. His proprietary protocol uses platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) to eliminate the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, a common, chronic, and often debilitating complication of the disease.
PRP injections are a non-surgical therapy that use a concentrated amount of a patient’s own blood platelets to supercharge the healing process in damaged or injured tissue. “When I first began using PRP therapy in my practice,” says Dr. Releford, “I realized it had many potential applications and could revolutionize the treatment of pain. Given my experience treating diabetic foot complications, I decided to develop a PRP protocol to specifically address diabetic neuropathy.”
Dr. Releford has often been recognized for both his pioneering treatment of diabetic foot complications and his many contributions to its prevention. This new treatment is the latest evolution of Dr. Releford’s approach. He began using growth factor therapy more than 25 years ago to successfully treat patients with non-healing wounds (growth factors are substances found within platelets, and used to promote faster healing). Now, with his own protocol for extracting platelets from a patient’s blood, Dr. Releford can relieve the chronic pain of diabetic neuropathy. “I can finally sleep at night without having to get up and rub my feet and legs”, states Robert M., who also credits his ability to walk longer distances to Dr. Releford’s treatment for diabetic neuropathy.
About Diabetic Neuropathy
Over time, more than half of patients with diabetes develop nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy. Though some never have symptoms, many experience numbness, tingling, burning, and stabbing pains in their extremities that typically intensify at night.
About Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy is an innovative, non-surgical approach that uses healing components derived from a small, concentrated amount of a patient’s own blood. Injected into damaged tissue, PRP therapy has the potential to “supercharge” the healing process. Dr. Releford has successfully developed a method to use PRP to treat diabetic neuropathy, and also uses the injections in orthopedics and sports medicine to treat joint and tendon pain, ankle sprains, heel pain, non-healing wounds, plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, and many other conditions, as cited in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (Jan. 2006). Recently, PRP therapy has made headlines due to its successful use by professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Rafael Nadal.
About Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M.
Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, began his practice in 1990 and established the Diabetic Foot Institute, a facility dedicated exclusively to the reduction of diabetes-related amputations in high-risk populations. Dr. Releford is recognized both domestically and internationally as a leader in the field of diabetic limb preservation and wound care, and recently received prestigious awards from the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to public health. Dr. Releford uses Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy to treat diabetic neuropathy, foot injuries and chronic non-healing wounds.
Dr. Releford is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University and lectures worldwide about the latest techniques in limb salvage and community-based outreach. He authored the book “Five Colors A Day to Better Health,” and has been featured on “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams, ABC’s “The View,” and in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times.
About The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute
The Releford Foot & Ankle Institute’s mission is to effectively decrease the diabetes-related amputation rate in Los Angeles and surrounding communities by providing comprehensive wound care and limb salvage services.
Dr. Releford’s community outreach and health-care advocacy efforts are facilitated through the Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation (DAP), a non-profit organization he founded in 2001. Its mission is to educate at-risk populations to better understand diabetes and its complications through community-based programs.
Dr. Releford and the DAP Foundation have been recognized for the success of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Since its inception in December 2007, the program has screened over 30,000 men for diabetes and hypertension in more than 650 black-owned barbershops in over 42 cities.