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New Hope in Shoulder Tendon Tears; PRP treatment

Shoulder joint diseases are one of the most common musculoskeletal problems in the middle and advanced age group. Tendon compression syndrome and related tendon ruptures, tendon rheumatism (tendinitis), bursitis, frozen shoulder and calcification especially in advanced ages are encountered most frequently in the shoulder. Medication, physical therapy, cortisone injections and surgical intervention are frequently used in the treatment of these diseases.

Today, I will talk about PRP treatment, which is a new treatment procedure different from these classical formulas we use in shoulder diseases.

What is PRP treatment?

PRP treatment was initially developed as a cosmetic-targeted treatment, but later on, its beautifying effect was noticed in musculoskeletal diseases, and it is a new formula that has been used in this field as well. The name of the formula is derived from the initials of the English term “Platelet Rich Plasma” and means platelet rich plasma. In this treatment technique, the drug to be administered is prepared from the patient’s own blood.

How is PRP obtained?

Approximately 20 cc of blood from the patient is taken into tubes containing anticoagulant drugs specially prepared for this purpose. The collected blood is passed through a special rotation (centrifuge) process with the tube. After this process, the other cells of the blood collapse to the bottom of the tube and the platelet-rich plasma liquid remains on it. Thanks to the special system, this plasma is drawn into the injector where the injection will be applied. Finally, the drug to activate the platelets is added to this plasma and the PRP is made ready for injection.

What is the difference between PRP treatment and other drugs?

PRP treatment is a treatment aimed at curing the disease itself rather than relieving the symptoms of the disease for a while, and unlike many other drugs, it promises a permanent treatment, not a temporary one.

How does PRP affect the shoulder?

Platelet is basically the element that provides coagulation of the blood, and it contains growth factor and many natural protective and adaptive elements. Platelet-enriched plasma fluid, namely PRP, acts like a natural medicine. PRP accelerates the beautification in that area by stimulating the cells of structures such as tendon, cartilage, where there is injury and damage to the shoulder. PRP prevents the growth of the tear, especially in shoulder tendon tears, and helps the body to repair it. In such cases, PRP can provide a slow-onset but longer-term treatment.

In which diseases is PRP used in the shoulder?

Tendon tears

Tendinitis (tendon rheumatism)

impingement syndrome

Shoulder joint calcifications

How is PRP applied in the shoulder joint?

Depending on the area to be treated, 2-3 ml of PRP is applied twice a month, in total. It is applied around the tendon in tendon tears and tendinitis, and into the joint in shoulder joint calcifications. The application can be made directly. However, in this case, it may not be applied exactly to the desired area. Therefore, it is healthier to apply it to the targeted area under the guidance of ultrasound imaging (picture).

When does the beautifying effect of PRP treatment begin?

It starts gradually within a few weeks after the injection and the smoothing process continues between 3 months and 12 months. For this reason, there is no rapid pain reduction after PRP injections, as in cortisone injections. Complaints gradually decrease and pass within months.

Which treatments can be combined with PRP on the shoulder?

There is no harm in applying PRP injection together with physical therapy, exercise and drug treatments in the treatment of shoulder diseases. Sometimes combined treatments may be more appropriate. Cortisone injection and PRP, which are frequently performed in shoulder diseases, are not applied together or to the close middle and one-to-one areas.

Are there any side effects of PRP application?

The PRP method has no side effects. It may cause temporary mild pain only in the area where it is made. This effect naturally passes within 1-2 days and there is no random damage. In this case, ice application and easy pain relievers can be used.

The number of studies on the positive results of PRP treatment in shoulder joint disorders is increasing and the results are promising. In our own clinic, we get satisfactory results with PRP treatment in shoulder patients, especially in tendon ruptures. These results show that PRP treatment is a suitable alternative to surgery and other conservative treatments in shoulder joint disorders that we encounter very frequently.

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