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on and swelling of the Achilles tendon);
  • patellar tendonitis (inflammation of the patellar tendon, also called "Jumper's Knee"); and
  • rotator cuff tendonopathy.

    Should I Have PRP Treatment?

    According to Dr. Hall, PRP use has increased in recent years, and it has become a popular topic of discussion because the process is "simple, quick and relatively safe for patients."

    "Use of PRP has increased, in large part due to new devices that enable fast preparation in the outpatient setting. A patient gives a blood sample and 30 minutes later can receive their injection," he explained. "There is always a risk of infection with any injection, and some have reported increased pain or inflammation at the injection site, but otherwise the risks with PRP appear minimal."

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor

    Each patient and injury is unique; therefore it is important to discuss any treatment with an orthopaedic surgeon. If PRP treatment is recommended, Dr. Hall suggests asking your doctor the following to help determine if it is right for you:

    1. What is your experience in administering PRP? (Precise placement of PRP injection into the area of injury is important for it to be effective, therefore physicians with more experience may be best.)
    2. What are possible side effects? (Examples include increased pain or inflammation at the injection site.)
    3. How many injections will I receive? (Several studies have reported using multiple injections, but the benefit of this is unknown.)
    4. Will there be any restrictions? (Generally, patients are asked to avoid strenuous activity or sports for a short period of time after the injection to aid in the healing process.)
    5. Will my insurance cover treatment? (Currently, most insurance companies do not cover treatment.)

    Also, before embarking on PRP, Dr. Hall suggests trying conventional treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications, ph
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  • Contact: Lauren Pearson
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    847-384-4031
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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