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.
Calm, happy patients make calmer, happier surgeons. It adds up to better outcomes. Though it’s hard to prove, the more the patient helps the surgeon relax, the better the surgeon perceives the patient and the job ahead. I know, having been both the surgeon and the patient.
When tissues are injured, a cascade of events occurs. These include inflammation and the release of chemical signals to recruit new cells. Some of these cells remove damaged tissue, while others form collagen: the fibrous material that makes up skin, bones, muscles, and all connective tissue.