In the United States alone, more than 3 million people are afflicted with tendonitis; an inflammation or irritation of one or more of the tendons that connect the bone to the muscle. When a joint is overused, strained or overextended, its tendons can tear; leading to pain, tenderness, and swelling. This condition often is treated through anti-inflammatory medications, casting and bracing, splinting, massage, rest, modified activity, aspiration injections, PRP or shockwave therapy (PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma is a treatment method that involves therapeutic injections to add relief to tendon injuries and osteoarthritis pain.
PRP injections consist of blood-based growth factors taken straight from the patient’s blood plasma and applied to an injured area–causing new tissues to formulate and thus both alleviate inflammation in the tissue and promote the additional formation of tissue.
Shockwave therapy, another new and top quality therapy in the field of orthopedic medicine, involves mechanically generated pressure pulses that once they penetrate the body, expand into a wavelike formation to administer healing, and ice or cool treatments.