Tendons attach muscles to bone. When tendons become injured, whether from a traumatic event or overuse, inflammation occurs in the tendon which is called tendonitis. As with many injuries, conservative treatment such as physical therapy to evaluate the mechanics associated with the injury, can be all that is needed. Oral and topical antiinflammatories can also help address the symptoms of the inflammation. PRP or growth factor injections are gaining in popularity for curing tendinitis. We have seen dramatic results from PRP even in the setting of partial tendon tears at the elbow, knee, shoulder and ankle.
Metal has been used in patients since the time of Hippocrates (400 BCE) to repair broken bones and replace missing parts. The earliest metals included copper, tin or lead and often did not have the strength to last forever. Over the years, the metals we use have improved. They have become stronger and leach fewer ions into the body.