Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in Tendons [Video]

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About the video: Can platelet-rich plasma injections heal my tendon?

Injecting PRP or stem cells into a tendon or ligament stimulates that tendon to get strong enough to permanently do exactly what you want it to do over the long haul. Listen to regenerative medicine experts Kirk Scofield, M.D. Brennan Boettcher, D.O. explain the process of platelet-rich plasma injections in tendons.

Meet Kirk Scofield, M.D.

Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

Meet Dr. Brennan Boettcher

Dr. Boettcher’s approach to care: “My goal is simple; getting you back to the activities you love. At Summit, we help you achieve your healthiest version of yourself by rehabilitating injuries, utilizing cutting-edge treatments such as minimally-invasive ultrasound guided procedures and regenerative medicine, and reserving surgery as a last resort.”

Dr. Boettcher’s education: Dr. Boettcher completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He attended medical school and received his degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. His residency was in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

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Summit’s team of experts provide innovative regenerative medicine therapies for those looking for an alternative to traditional treatments. They can treat arthritic joint pain, sports injuries, neck and back conditions—creating an environment to trigger tissue repair and healing.

Start your journey to better function and less pain. Visit our regenerative medicine services hub and find your expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

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Video Transcription

The process of developing a chronically painful tendon is where the tendon gets injured, usually in the form of, like, little micro tears within the tendon. Sometimes a little bit more of a bigger tear or partial tear. But then the body tries to heal the tendon. There’s not really great blood supplying tendons. And so, sometimes that healing process is a little bit tenuous, and you get a partial healing of the tendon. And you develop scar in there, similar to, like, if you cut yourself and you get a scar. And then the process of healing kind of gets in this suspended animation – just stays there. The tendon isn’t strong enough to do what you’re asking it to do, so it stretches a little bit. Abnormal blood vessels and nerves kind of invade into that space, and that causes a chronically painful tendon. So what we try to do is break that up a little bit and re-stimulate it in a new healing process. In a way, we’re kind of giving you a little bit of a new injury and then really controlling how you heal that afterward when we do PRP injections and tendons. The most common injuries that we see in athletes that we use for generative medicine therapies in are things like hamstring problems, so partial tear in the hamstring, or tendinitis or tendinopathy, overuse injury like tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow or Achilles tendinitis. We use it very frequently in athletes who have plantar fasciitis. We use it frequently for partial tendon tears. We can use these regenerative medicine therapies to try and heal that tendon quicker than it would normally. If we’re injecting PRP or stem cells into a tendon or ligament, we’re really trying to stimulate that tendon to get strong enough to permanently do exactly what you want it to do over the long haul. So we’re hoping to get you back to full 100 percent function.

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