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New alternative treatment to tendon healing

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Want to speed up healing from tennis elbow or any sports or overuse injury? That day may be here.

Recently, a form of injection therapy has been introduced to people dealing with tendon or ligament injuries.quickening the ability to heal tendons Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a type of regenerative injection therapy that concentrates platelets from your own blood. Amazingly this procedure only takes about 15 minutes because the blood is taken from the body, immediately put into a centrifuge, and re-injected back into the damaged area. Spinning the blood in the centrifuge increases the concentration of platelets and growth factor, which are essential in accelerating tissue repair, by up to 500%.

When the PRP is injected into the affected area it stimulates an inflammatory response that triggers the healing cascade. As collagen forms and matures it begins to shrink leaving stronger, more tightened tendons or ligaments. This type of injection therapy is for people looking for a less invasive and less expensive procedure.

Cortisone injections should not be confused with this type of treatment because although they can stop inflammation and help with pain, they do not promote any long term healing. PRP therapy strengthens and thickens the tissue by up to 40% in some cases, where studies have shown that cortisone may actually weaken tissue. Typically only 1-3 injections are needed spaced 4-6 weeks apart, followed by physical therapy one week after the injection.

If you have been dealing with a chronic tendon or ligament injury ask your doctor if you could be a candidate for PRP therapy. Do your own research and read about how this type of therapy has helped people like yourself!

Contributed by Krista Magnoli, PTA and Nancy Whelan , PT @ wpbphysicaltherapy.com

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