Tendonitis Treatment FAQs

What is the success rate for PRP? 

For one treatment the success rate is approximately 80%. The treatment may need to be repeated once or twice and then the success rate is 90-95%. It is a rare case where the patient doesn’t respond.

What is the recovery time?

You will need to be at rest (limited activity) for 1-2 days. The reason is that, with a tenotomy, multiple small holes are made using a needle in order to stimulate injury and bleeding.  This bleeding is what activates the platelets in the PRP but also it is what causes much of the discomfort following the procedure. After that, you can gradually increase your activity over the next few days. You will start physical therapy with gentle exercises about a week after the procedure. You will probably be able to return to work in about a week, depending on the nature of your job.

What is the purpose of PRP?

PRP stimulates the healing and growth of tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures.  It harnesses the body’s natural tendency towards healing and sends it into “warp drive.” What this means is that injuries heal much faster.  New healthy connective tissue is formed.

Will I be given any anesthesia for the procedure?

You will be given a local anesthetic or a regional block. You will also receive a prescription for pain medication to take afterwards.

Does the procedure hurt?

There is some discomfort associated with providing the local anesthetic.  However, the amount of discomfort is minimal.

Will I be able to drive to the appointment myself?

We recommend you have someone drive you home after the procedure.

Does insurance pay for this?

Most insurance companies will reimburse for the tenotomy and PRP.  They may not cover it completely but, as a rule, they do pay at least part of it.  You should check with your insurance company to see what their policy is.

My ankle was bothering me for almost 12 years, and my shoulder for many years. I had PRP on my ankle, and noticed no pain when I stepped off the table. I had the same procedure performed on my shoulder, and I can say my range of motion is fabulous. Before these procedures, we were eating off of paper plates, because I couldn’t stand to wash dishes. I’m so glad I have my life back."

Beth Stewart,
Hagerstown, MD

Contact Us:

To find out if you are a candidate for treatment, you can set up an appointment with Dr. Wei by calling

301.694.5800

or by emailing us at
appointments@arthritistreatmentcenter.com