Many individuals have experienced injuries to muscles and tendons and have attended therapy to assist in their recovery. Even famous athletes, including Tiger Woods and tennis star Rafael Nadal, have suffered with chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise or even surgery. Unfortunately, tendons have a poor blood supply – this is the reason why some tendon injuries take so long to heal.
Over the past several years, a treatment known as Platelet-Rich Plasma injection (PRP injection) has become increasingly common in sports medicine clinics. Platelets are found in our blood – while they are best known for their importance in clotting blood, platelets also contain proteins which are crucial in the healing of injuries.
PRP injections involve:
- taking a specific amount of blood from a patient
- extracting the platelets i.e. the portion that helps to stimulate healing of damaged tissue
- injecting the platelets into the injured area under the guidance of diagnostic ultrasound
According to the research studies currently reported, PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, a very common injury of the tendons on the outside of the elbow. PRP is also commonly used to treat golfer’s elbow, knee tendon injuries, Achilles tendon pain and plantar fascia injuries.
Depending on the area injected and the severity and chronicity of the problem one or two subsequent injections may be necessary. Following successful PRP treatments, a good program of physical rehabilitation is required to fully rehabilitate the body back to full functional capacity.
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Olivia Cheng, Orthopaedic Surgeon, at the Orthopaedic Sport Institute for timely consultation. Diagnostic ultrasound is utilized for PRP injections to ensure that PRP is delivered directly to the diseased tissue.
For further information on managing your injury, please contact the Orthopaedic Sport Institute at (705) 467-0701 or email@example.com and ask for a consultation with one of our friendly healthcare professionals.
Darryl Novotny, BScPT