Tendinopathy can be a difficult, painful condition that does not always respond well to physical therapy. Fortunately, experts are making progress towards treating this condition through advancements in PRP treatments.
In a new study, 80 subjects who suffered from gluteal tendinopathy were randomly assigned to receive either a PRP injection or a cortisone injection. Over the next few months, the subjects who had received the PRP injection experienced significantly greater improvements in pain and functional assessments compared to those who received the cortisone.
Developing regenerative techniques, such as PRP injections, are an exciting advancement in the rehabilitation field that can augment traditional physical therapy approaches for the many tendinopathy patients who are unable to heal with traditional approaches.
Fitzpatrick, J., Bulsara, M. K., O’Donnell, J., McCrory, P. R., & Zheng, M. H. (2017). The Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in Gluteal Tendinopathy: A Randomized, Double-Blind Controlled Trial Comparing a Single Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection With a Single Corticosteroid Injection. The American journal of sports medicine, 0363546517745525.