Is your Achilles tendon bothering you from overuse? You might benefit from platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection for Achilles tendonitis. Whether you’re an athlete constantly on the move or simply on your feet a lot, the Achilles tendon can become overworked and develop painful injury.
This non-surgical procedure is used to treat the overused Achilles tendon through injecting the patient’s own blood platelets, concentrated to promote healing and reduce inflammation. Consult with your doctor and take the first step toward recovery today.
The PRP procedure begins with the extraction of a blood sample which is later placed inside a centrifuge. The centrifuge will spin rapidly where the blood sample will separate into portions of plasma from platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. The red blood cells are drained away and afterward the concentrated platelets and a portion of plasma are drawn into a syringe.
The back of your ankle will be cleansed and sterilized while a slight anesthetic may be applied in some cases. The syringe is guided to the target area of the Achilles tendon and injects its contents into the site of the damaged tissues. Some patients may require additional injections to other injured structures to ensure complete tissue healing and maximum joint stability.
These concentrated platelets release many growth factors that promote natural immune response and help mobilize stem cells to injured tissues. Macrophages, or specialized white blood cells, quickly remove damaged cells and prepare the tissue for healing. Meanwhile, stem cells and other cells multiply to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue which creates an accelerated healing process. This process will ultimately reduce pain, promote increased strength and improve joint function.
Some patients may require 2-4 treatments before the injury is healed and they can return to a normal lifestyle.
Following the Procedure
The procedure itself should last less than an hour. Afterward, you’ll be allowed to leave and start the recovery process. Complete recovery is often possible within ten to twelve weeks following the procedure.