Deans, Victoria M and Miller, Alison and Ramos, James (2012) A prospective series of patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy treated with autologous-conditioned plasma injections combined with exercise and therapeutic ultrasonography. The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, 51 (6). pp. 706-10. ISSN 1542-2224. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDsFull text not available from this repository.
Chronic Achilles tendinopathy is a difficult problem to manage, because it can result in significant patient morbidity. We conducted a prospective case series involving 26 patients (2 bilateral cases) with painful and ultrasound-confirmed Achilles tendinopathy for a minimum duration of 6 months. Our objective was to assess whether this condition can be effectively treated with a treatment protocol combining an intratendinous autologous-conditioned plasma injection followed by a standardized rehabilitation protocol. The rehabilitation protocol consisted of full weightbearing in a pneumatic cast boot for 6 weeks, therapeutic ultrasound treatment, and an eccentric exercise program. Our results showed statistically significant improvements in terms of pain (p < .0001), other symptoms (p = .0003), activities of daily living (p = .0002), sports activities (p = .0001), and quality of life (p = .0002). We believe that the use of autologous-conditioned plasma can provide a potential treatment solution for chronic Achilles tendinopathy.
|Additional Information:||This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs|
|Subjects:||WB Practice of medicine > WB450 Rehabilitation
WE Musculoskeletal. Orthopaedics
|Divisions:||Planned IP Care > Trauma and Orthopaedics|
|Depositing User:||Mrs Yolande Brookes|
|Date Deposited:||11 Jul 2014 13:07|
|Last Modified:||11 Jul 2014 13:07|
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