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PRP Experiences


Case History 1:
Here is a 52 year old physician presented with a six month history of chronic right elbow pain. He had previously undergone treatment with anti-inflammatory medicines, glucocorticoid injections, physical therapy, and prolotherapy with both dextrose as well as sodium morhuate. Clinical examination was remarkable for severe pain at the common extensor origin with resisted extension of the wrist and third digit. He underwent a percutaneous needle tenotomy of the common extensor origin with autologous tissue graft (platelet-rich plasma).
He did well and was able to resume tennis playing within 4 weeks after the procedure.

 


Case History 2:
Here is a 57 year old man presented with a 12 year history of chronic right Achilles tendon pain. He had failed other conservative measures. An MRI scan confirmed the presence of severe chronic Achilles tendinopathy. He underwent an initial procedure with platelet rich plasma which helped but did not completely relieve his discomfort. Because of persistent pain and limited ability to perform activities of daily activity, he underwent a second procedure. Pre-procedure ultrasound demonstrated evidence of severe tendinopathy (Figure 2-1). Using aseptic technique with ultrasound needle guidance, needle tenotomy with multiple fenetrations were made in the area of tendinopathy with care not to penetrate the full substance of the tendon (Figure 2-2). 5cc’s of platelet rich plasma (PRP) were slowly infused into the fenetrated region. The patient was placed in an Achilles boot and sent to physical therapy to begin a program of eccentric exercise. He is pain free now at 26 months following the procedure.

 


Case History 3:

A 60 year old physician with chronic Achilles tendinopathy of the right ankle unresponsive to rest, anti-inflammatory medicines and stretching exercises underwent a percutaneous needle tenotomy with platelet rich plasma (PRP). (See video). He is currently asymptomatic 14 months following the procedure.

 

Watch videos from a few of the Arthritis Treatment Center's PRP patients below. Click on each video to play.

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“I couldn’t raise my right arm. It was near impossible for me to dress myself, or clean, or cook. Dr. Wei told me about a new procedure that would help to get some mobility back. I was a little reluctant because I have COPD and I am on oxygen 24 hours a day. So, I’m a little apprehensive about procedures that might include any type of anesthesia. But, this procedure doesn’t require you to go under anesthesia, and the entire procedure only took about 1 hour. Following the procedure I went to therapy. It’s been over one month and I would say that I can see a 50 percent improvement in how well I can use my arm again. The procedure wasn’t painful or uncomfortable and I would recommend this to anyone who might be considering surgery. As a result, I am able to enjoy the things I enjoy.
Betty Hykes –
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania


“I really want Dr. Wei to be aware of the outcome of the procedure on my right thumb. I don't have PAIN! Although at times, I feel some crunching in my right thumb joint, there is no pain or flair with the red streaks that showed on my thumb before. My thumb strength is really great as I continue exercises that the OT advised.

Before I saw Dr. Wei, I had to have a nurse with me to push the plunger on a syringe for injections and I was having great difficulty with performing physicals. I no longer need someone else’s hands for that. Occasionally, a stubborn betadine swab will get the best of me...but scissors work fine. I am so blessed that I found The Arthritis Treatment Center. I thank you, Dr. Wei, and your wonderful staff.
Penny Lockerman –
Clinton, NC


 

 
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