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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
PRP enhances healing after Achilles Tendon Rupture
PRP being added to an Achilles Tendon Repair
If you rupture your Achilles tendon, new data suggests platelet rich plasma can enhance the healing. In an abstract published by the journal Lancet, researchers from England discussed how they treated patients who had ruptured their Achilles with either PRP or a placebo. Six weeks later, they biopsied the healing tendons under ultrasonic guidance. In the study, they found improved cell content, better tendon fiber structure and more normal collagen (type 1) in the tendons treated with PRP. The study included 20 patients (10 PRP, 10 Control) and is the first investigation in humans showing the significant value of using PRP to help treat Achilles tendon ruptures. Of course, more data will be needed to confirm these important findings. For years, I have been adding PRP to my achilles tendon repairs and if I ever rupture my own, I will certainly request that PRP is included in the treatment protocol.