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).