PRP for Chronic Tendon Injuries at Health Advantage Physical Medicine
If you suffer from the pain and stiffness associated with a chronic tendon injury, you may have trouble performing your job, going about your daily chores, participating in sports, or simply enjoying life. Connective tissues can take a long time to heal, especially if they don't have ready access to the body's natural healing processes. Thankfully, modern medicine offers numerous non-surgical modalities for giving aching tendons a helping hand, including PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy. We're proud to offer this form of care here at Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, CA.
Understanding Platelet Rich Plasma
To understand how platelet rich plasma works, we first have to understand the role of platelets in the healing process. Platelets are tiny components found in blood plasma that aid in clotting, a critical first step in the body addressing an injury. Platelets also release growth factors that spur the production of a substance called collagen, helping the injured tissue patch itself up more quickly and completely.
The more platelets an injury can receive, the better. When an ordinary blood sample is spun in a centrifuge, the plasma is separated and concentrated, producing a dense source of platelets. Your physician at our clinic then re-injects this platelet-rich plasma directly into the injury site, giving the injury a massive dose of what it needs to heal itself.
A Natural Option for Tendinitis Recovery and Pain Relief
PRP sees increasingly common use in the treatment of injured tendons (the tough tissues that connect bones to muscles). Tendon injuries may start as acute tears and then heal incompletely, leading to chronic tendinitis. Tendinitis can also develop gradually due to repetitive motion that inflames the affected tendon. Over time, micro-tears in the tendon can progress faster than the body can heal them, a problem called tendinosis. Healing is challenged by the fact that tendons often have a less-than-ideal blood supply.
If you have Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff damage, a torn hamstring, or an elbow issue such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, you may be a good candidate for PRP therapy. Once you've received the PRP injection, you should notice a reduction in pain and an improvement in mobility over the next several weeks. In some cases, the benefits can last for up to nine months. Early treatment with PRP might even eliminate your need for surgery.
Learn More from Our Pasadena Clinic
You don't have to limp through life with a chronic tendon injury. Contact our Pasadena clinic at 626-798-7805 to learn more about PRP therapy and schedule natural pain relief!