Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, otherwise known simply as PRP, is a viable treatment option for a non-healing tendon wound, such as tennis elbow, knee tendonitis, or Achilles tendonitis. Initially developed 20 years ago, the technology used for PRP was once commonly employed in heart surgery procedures to aide with wound healing and significant blood loss in patients. Today, it helps to successfully heal many serious and stubborn tendon injuries.
How it Works
When you cut yourself, your body’s natural response is to attract internal platelets to the wounded region. This facilitates the healing process. In Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, technicians specially prepare some of the patient’s blood, using platelets. Then, they re-inject that blood directly into the tendon itself. These platelets then release “growth factors,” leading to increased healing in the tissue of the affected area.
Many tendon treatment procedures require the use of corticosteroid injections, which may prevent further inflammation but offer only temporary relief; PRP injections, on the other hand, heal the tendon over a short period. Few other treatment options can claim the same effectiveness.
Is PRP Right for Me?
Patients should only consider Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy as a viable treatment option if they have been diagnosed with a significant tendon injury and if more traditional treatment options, such as anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, or custom-made braces, have failed.
For many patients, Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy offers an alternative treatment to avoid complicated and costly surgeries. Of course, your doctor will first require an initial evaluation to determine if PRP is worth your time and will be helpful.
For more information on Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or to schedule a consultation visit, contact our friendly team at Premier Podiatry by calling
(309) 807-0384. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have before scheduling an appointment.