If you have ever had a serious injury take you out of your workout routine, or favourite sport, you understand the frustration of “rest” and injury recovery. For those of us with chronic injury, there is no reprieve from the pain- even after rest and recovery. Tendon injury without proper treatment can be a life-long problem, with treatment usually leaning toward surgery; but this new treatment, highlighted by Shape Magazine may offer some relief.
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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a new treatment for hamstring, rotator cuff, and tendon injuries, has been big news lately. The controversial procedure (researchers are still debating its benefits) involves injecting a patient’s own blood into her damaged tendons to help the tissue regenerate. Study results are mixed: A report from the Journal of the American Medical Association said the treatment is no better than a saltwater placebo, but scientists in London found it allowed previously sidelined athletes to play again. So is the method-which can cost up to 1,000$ and isn’t covered by insurance- for you? “If you have chronic tendon pain and are facing surgery, it’s worth a try,” says Shape advisory board member Nicholas DiNubile, M.D., an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “But if you just pulled your hamstring during a workout, see a physical therapist to learn how to stretch and strengthen the muscles- that should always be your first course of action.”