Achilles Tendonosis and Platlet Rich Plasma Therapy

by Dorothy DeRuve
(Yonkers, NY,USA)


I just came across this most informative site about tendonosis. I have been going back and forth between, podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, and physical therapist for the past year and a half.

What is your opinion on trying platelet injection. I am healthy 74 year old.

Thank you


Joshua Answers:

Hi Dorothy.

PRPT is a new form of treatment. It looks promising.

One gentleman asked me a question on this site, and he had had PRPT that hadn't seemed to help.

So the jury is still out.

Still, it makes a lot of sense, and while I don't know the monetary costs, it has a lot of promise with very little danger.

Technically, the needle can cause damage as it enters the tendon, but as you're already hurting and the tendon probably really isn't healing very well on it's own....

Let's just say, I'd feel comfortable trying Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy if I had a tendon injury or achilles tendonosis.

The problem with Tendonosis, and to a lesser degree Tendonitis, is that you don't get enough circulation directly to the tendon tissue.

So you don't get enough oxygen and nutrients that new blood supplies. So the tissue starves and dies. It has a hard time healing because, again, not enough vital nutrition is getting where it needs to go.

PRPT injects your own nutrient rich plasma directly to the tendon.

This can give you a healing boost. It's not a fix or a cure, but if it can help you heal, then you can do the work to keep your tendon healthy and happy.

If you give it a shot (pun intended), let me know how it goes.

Good luck!

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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