May 18, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: A new way to treat chronic tendon injuries. The physical therapy and the stretching and the icing isn't helping. Dr. Nick Monson says patients now have other treatment options that are showing some promise.

Dr. Monson: Yes. One option is something called PRP, platelet rich plasma. There's also another treatment option which is in the same family which is called stem cell therapy. These are both areas of a lot of excitement. The research on them is still forthcoming.

Often it involves a blood draw. We take the blood off of a patient. We spin that blood down. We take the healing components of that blood and actually reinject that into the tendon. But often what it seems to do is cause an inflammatory reaction in the area, which kind of stimulates the healing in the area and has provided a lot of relief for our patients.

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