Tendonitis affects almost everyone at some point in their lives and in most cases will heal on its own or with basic treatments such as rest or anti-inflammatory medicine.
However, in cases where tendon injuries become chronic, it is often because of actual structural changes to the tissue including thickening (where the tendon or sheath is replaced with scar tissue) or micro tears in the tendon. This leads to continuous pain and loss of function.
PRP is platelet-rich plasma, also known as autologous blood concentrate. Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell which contains the growth factors needed to heal injured tissues including tendons, ligaments and joints. The goal is to enhance the healing environment to cure the chronically affected tissue naturally and without the side effects of medicine or surgery.
Human platelets are naturally rich in connective tissue growth factors. By injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments and tendons, it stimulates a natural repair process by the body’s own healing system. Essentially, we are using the body’s own blood cells and directing them where they are needed to heal damaged tissue.
n the office, blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and placed in a special centrifuge. The platelets are then separated from the red blood cells and concentrated. The concentrated platelets are then put in a syringe and injected into the injured area. The process is done under either local anesthesia or twilight anesthesia which minimizes pain. The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes
There have been many studies documenting the effectiveness of PRP treatment. The studies have generally resulted in a success rate of 80 to 85% with patients experiencing a complete relief of their pain and the results are generally permanent.