PRP for Tendonitis
An Overview on Platelet Injections for Tendonitis
There are hundreds of tendons throughout the human body, but only a handful can experience tendonitis from chronic overuse. Tendonitis is a common injury found in many Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois patients involved in athletic activities. Tendonitis can be a difficult condition to treat since the tendons that can suffer from the condition have poor blood supply. Because of this, Dr. Nikhil Verma, shoulder specialist and knee surgeon, offers PRP injection therapy to help accelerate tendon healing following overuse. Platelet injection for tendonitis is clinically proven to help heal damaged tendons where there is limited blood supply.
What is Tendonitis and how is it Commonly Treated?
Tendons are tough flexible bands of fibrous tissue that are responsible for connecting muscles to bones. Tendons can range from very small (a hand tendon) to very large (the Achilles tendon). Tendonitis is quite common in the athletic community from constant overuse that causes the tendon to become inflamed and irritated, leading to severe, chronic pain.
There are hundreds of tendons throughout the human body, but only a handful of tendons develop tendonitis. These tendons are located in areas of the body where there is a poor blood supply. When there is a poor blood supply, the tendon has a hard time absorbing the oxygen and nutrients necessary for healing. Many orthopedic specialists prescribe conservative measures as initial treatment for a damaged tendon, including rest, ice, modified activities and physical therapy. If conservative measures fail to alleviate pain, Dr. Verma may recommend a platelet injection for tendonitis.
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Can PRP Injections Help You?
There are two ways to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure:
You can provide current X-rays and/or MRIs for a clinical case review ($250).
You can schedule an office consultation that should be covered by your insurance.
Biologic Therapies FAQ
- How do Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cells accelerate the healing process?
- Are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cells considered regenerative therapies?
- Are all Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cell therapies the same?
- Is there an age limit for Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) regenerative therapy?
- Why is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) sometimes called a stem cell “like” therapy?
- Why doesn’t my insurance cover this treatment?