New Developments in the Treatment of Tendonitis

Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD, of Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists

Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD, Medical Director of Bon Secours Sports Medicine

One of the new and exciting areas in the treatment of tendon degeneration or inflammation is the use of PRP, or platelet rich plasma. Platelets play a crucial role in blood clotting and carry growth factors that accelerate wound healing. PRP is a platelet concentrate harvested from the patients own blood.

Anti-inflammatory medications have traditionally been used for the treatment of tendinosis, a long standing degenerative process in the tendon where there is absence of inflammation. But lately PRP has been proven more effective in the treatment of tendinosis and has aided in the accelerated healing of the tendon.

PRP is delivered to the patient through a simple injection. A small amount of blood is collected from the patient, the platelet-rich plasma is extracted and then the blood is injected to the injury.

This is a very exciting technique with great potential in the treatment of conditions such as Patellar tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee), Achilles tendonitis and tennis elbow.

+ To learn more about this advanced treatment at the Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute call us at (757) 889-CARE (2273).

6 thoughts on “New Developments in the Treatment of Tendonitis

  1. Karen Rice

    It sounds exciting. Will PRP, or platelet rich plasma therapy be used also for plantar fasciaitis? I have been experiencing a recurring problem with this…. Thank you!

    1. BSHR

      Our experts have not used platelet rich plasma therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

      Most physicians agree that rest is first and foremost in the treatment of this condition. Additionally physical therapy, which includes gentle stretching of the foot, can help patients who suffer from chronic pain restore motion and strength of the foot and ankle, improve balance, decrease pain and soft tissue restriction, improve ambulation and prevent re-injury.

      1. Karen Rice

        Yes. That is what we are doing. It has a tendency to re-occur, however, and that is why i asked about this new therapy. Thanks for getting back to me!

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  3. Chris

    This treatment seems seems very intriguing. I am currently battling bilateral achilles tendonosis/possibly a small partial tear in my right achilles and I am doing PT at a place in this area. I am currently doing a lot of eccentric strengthening exercises and Graston-like therapies. If those measures fail, or are short lived, would this type of treatment help me overcome my condition? Could I get PRP injections and still do eccentric exercises, be active, etc.?

    Any insight would be helpful. Thank you!

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