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Rehabilitation of a partially torn distal triceps tendon after platelet rich plasma injection: a case report

Author: Cheatham et al
Year: 2013

ABSTRACT
Background:

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an emerging non-surgical intervention used for the treatment of tendon and ligament pathology. Despite the growing popularity of PRP in musculoskeletal medicine, there is a paucity of research that describes appropriate rehabilitation procedures following this intervention.

Case Description:

This case report presents the rehabilitation strategy used following a PRP injection for a patient with a partially torn distal triceps tendon who previously failed physical therapy interventions.

Outcome:

The patient returned to light weight training and coaching activity after completing 15 visits over a 3 month period. One month after discharge, the patient reported pain-free activities of daily living and a return to previously performed gym activities.

Discussion:

PRP presents a viable treatment option for individuals who are recalcitrant to conservative interventions yet elect to avoid more invasive surgical measures. Despite the growing popularity of PRP, a paucity of evidence exists to guide physical therapists in the rehabilitation process of these patients. The rehabilitation strategies used in a patient who had a PRP injection for a partial triceps tendon tear are outlined. Although this case report highlights a successful rehabilitation outcome, future research regarding the concomitant effects of PRP injection and rehabilitation for tendon pathology are needed.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3679635/

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