What is PRP Therapy?
PRP Therapy involves activating a component of blood called a platelet so that it releases healing growth factors. Around 30 mL of the patient’s blood is removed and put in a centrifuge where the blood is separated into its components. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected into the subject area and healing happens, releasing three to five times the growth factors compared to normal human blood. Procedure times can be easy and fast. A platelet injection for tendonitis takes less than 15 minutes. The majority of patients will require 1-3 sets of PRP injection therapy with each set spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Since PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood, the risk of reaction is low. As with any injection, there is a small risk of injury to any structures in the area, as well as a very small risk of infection.
PRP for Tendonitis
There are hundreds of tendons throughout the human body, but only a handful can experience tendonitis from chronic overuse. Tendonitis is a common injury found in many patients involved in athletic activities. Tendonitis can be a difficult condition to treat since the tendons that can suffer from the condition have poor blood supply. Because of this we offer PRP injection therapy to help accelerate tendon healing following overuse. Platelet injection for tendonitis is clinically proven to help heal damaged tendons where there is limited blood supply.
What is Tendonitis and how is it Commonly Treated?
Tendons are tough flexible bands of fibrous tissue that are responsible for connecting muscles to bones. Tendons can range from very small (a hand tendon) to very large (the Achilles tendon). Tendonitis is quite common in the athletic community from constant overuse that causes the tendon to become inflamed and irritated, leading to severe, chronic pain.
There are hundreds of tendons throughout the human body, but only a handful of tendons develop tendonitis. These tendons are located in areas of the body where there is a poor blood supply. When there is a poor blood supply, the tendon has a hard time absorbing the oxygen and nutrients necessary for healing. Many orthopedic specialists prescribe conservative measures as initial treatment for a damaged tendon, including rest, ice, modified activities and physical therapy. If conservative measures fail to alleviate pain, we may recommend a platelet injection for tendonitis.