Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Over the past several years, the utilization of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections has increased in the field of orthopedics for the treatment of tendon injuries. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are made from the patient’s own blood. Platelets secrete growth factors and facilitate the healing of damaged cells. It is for this reason the PRP injection is created of highly concentrated levels of platelets to accelerate the healing process.
PRP injections are utilized for the treatment of abductor tendonitis and abductor tendon tears. Tendons have a slow metabolic rate, additionally, many lifestyle factors can inhibit the tendons ability to repair themselves including smoking, excess levels of caffeine, low levels of protein consumption and poor sleep hygiene. There are also some medical conditions that can negatively impact the health of one’s tendons including low levels of vitamin D, hyperparathyroidism, as well as other hormonal and metabolic issues. Furthermore, the use of the antibiotics ciprofloxacin and Levaquin can contribute to tendon issues months or even years after taking these medications. The use of PRP injections have been found to be effective in some cases at treating tendon issues. It helps to accelerate the healing process of damaged or injured tendons.