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Dr. Releford Develops Treatment for Chronic Lymphedema and Associated Wounds
Date:3/2/2013

acting platelets from a patient’s blood, Dr. Releford can relieve the chronic pain and swelling of lymphedema, and treat the wounds common to the condition.

About Lymphedma
Lymphedema is swelling that results from a blockage of the lymph passages. It typically affects the arms or legs. A painful and chronic condition, lymphedema often limits movement and prevents ordinary daily activities. Left untreated, wounds in lymphdema patients can lead to serious consequences, including amputation.

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 lymphedema, non-healing wounds, diabetic neuropathy, and also uses the injections in orthopedics and sports medicine to treat joint and tendon pain, ankle sprains, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, and many other conditions. In recent years, 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
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