Tendon Ruptures

Tendon Ruptures PRP Therapy

There are over 30 joints in the human foot that enable us to walk, run, jump and do all of the normal activities we do on a daily basis. Working alongside these joints are tendons, connective fibrous tissues, which attach muscle to the bones that enable movement of the foot joints. They are strong tissues that may withstand more than five times the body weight of an individual, but sometimes the tendons in the foot are subjected to significant stress that can rupture them under extreme force and pressure.

As a result of tendon ruptures, the affected foot may not be able to provide the stability and support required for the arch of the foot. This is when most patients find that the use of foot orthotics, crutches or braces as useful tools for comfortable mobility while the tendon heals on its own. However, the tendon may not always heal naturally, which is where platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy comes in to help. Concentrated platelets from a patient’s blood contain hundreds of proteins, including growth factors that are vital to begin accelerated tissue repair and regeneration.

Causes of Ruptured Tendons in Feet

Generally, tendon ruptures occur in the middle-aged or elderly patients. In children, muscle tissue usually tears before the tendons are breached, so the likelihood of torn tendons is minimal. Older patients however may experience tears and ruptures more often, which are related to certain diseases, such as gout and hyperparathyroidism. General causes of tendon ruptures include:

  • Direct forceful trauma
  • Advanced age (weakness and decreased blood supply)
  • Excessive strain
  • Steroid injections in the tendon
  • Certain antibiotics

Tendons in the foot that may rupture include the peroneals, anterior tibialis, posterior tibialis, and the Achilles tendon. Any of these structures may experience rupture, which may require surgical repair. Fortunately, PRP therapy is capable of achieving accelerated healing for such as an alternative to invasive surgical repair.

PRP Therapy for Tendon Ruptures

PRP technology is one of the most popular techniques of regenerative medicine to date. Its benefits of wound healing and repair are now being applied to facilitate healing of tendon injuries all around the world.

Using a small amount of the injured patient’s blood, specially separated platelets are taken and then re-injected into the affected tissues. The PRP platelets release hundreds of growth factors to promote tissue healing. With these new growth factors, the ruptured tendon can increase the existing growth factors with by as much as 8 times the initial amount.

While other specialists may turn to other ruptured tendon treatments, such as cortisone injections, they will only experience temporary relief. PRP therapy on the other hand will provide long-term relief as the injections actually stimulate healing of the tendon.

Make the Call for PRP Therapy for Tendon Ruptures

Most patients may find that PRP therapy is the solution they needed all along. Instead resorting to the temporary and often gruesome surgical repairs, the process of PRP therapy stimulates tendons and ligaments without any pain or discomfort. Though this is not a quick fix option, PRP therapy stimulates growth and repair, but it also requires time and rehabilitation. Upon consultation and analysis, Dr. Jamshidinia will determine when your body is able to resume normal physical activities without aggravating the repaired tendon.

For more information, contact our office and find out how PRP therapy can treat ruptured tendons without invasive surgery.