Orthopedic Treatment

Tendonitis Treatments

At Wake Sports Medicine in Raleigh, NC we offer several “natural” tendonitis treatments to aid in the healing of tendonitis, and other tendon conditions.  Some of the conditions that we treat are Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Patellar Tendonitis, Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis, and Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.

Here are a few of the tendonitis treatments that we offer:

1. Ultrasound guided “needling” of the tendon:  Unfortunately tendons and tendon insertions have relatively poor blood supply compared to other tissues, and thus healing times are much slower.  This generally means longer periods of pain, and time out of activities.  Under ultrasound guidance we will numb the tendon with local anesthetic, and then needle the area of tendon most painful to stimulate bleeding.  This in turn brings in the healing factors that the body naturally produces in an attempt to speed recovery time.  There are very few side effects to this procedure other than local soreness. There are no steroids used in this tendonitis treatment.  *Sometimes we will pair this procedure with a PRP injection to provide even more healing factors to the area.

READ MORE:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21872551


2. Prolotherapy, also known as  “regenerative injection therapy”,  involves injecting a solution into the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating pain.  This usually involves a mixture of local anesthetic and dextrose (a sugar compound).  This is thought to cause the body to react to the irritant by causing scarring, and tightening otherwise loose tissues. There is mixed evidence for this procedure, however there are few side effects and many patients who have failed other tendonitis treatments do seem to benefit from such injections.

READ MORE : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21871414


3.   PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Treatment