PRP Case Study 1
Achilles Tendon Tear
The patient is a 71-year-old male physician who ruptured his Achilles tendon. While playing badminton, he heard a pop and shortly afterwards was evaluated by an Orthopaedist and received x-rays and an MRI. The MRI demonstrated a severe right Achilles Tendon rupture involving over 90% of the fibers (see images below). The patient was casted in a boot which was not well tolerated. After looking into non-surgical options, the patient sought out the Orthohealing Center.
Orthohealing Center Treatment and Outcome:
A musculoskeletal ultrasound was performed identifying major tearing with a few posterior fibers intact of the Achilles tendon (see image). After an evaluation by Dr Steve Sampson, the patient received a platelet rich plasma injection graft under ultrasound guidance, approximately 5 weeks following his injury. The patient tolerated the procedure well without complication and began physical therapy shortly afterwards. Initially he experienced some mild ankle swelling after activity. However, 3.5 months after treatment, he is 99% pain-free and is exercising without limitations.
“PRP allowed me as a patient to have “freedom”. I had ruptured my right Achilles tendon and was unable to drive my automobile. Because of PRP, I was able to speed up my recovery in physical therapy and had the “freedom” to drive and NOT be a burden to family and friends. I am gratefully indebted to Dr. Steve Sampson.”