Achilles tendinosis is one of the worst injuries you can get as an injured runner. It is chronic, it’s hard to get rid of, and the tendon feels noticeably different.
The tendon gets thicker and it becomes constantly painful. Every time you run on it, you may worry that it might rupture or rip apart.
There are lots of different ways to treat Achilles tendinosis. Two of those options are PRP or platelet-rich plasma injection or a procedure called “dry needling.”
Yesterday in a live Runner’s Aid Station call, an injured runner asked me to explain the specific differences between these two treatments. I thought it might be helpful to try to explain it to you the way I explained it during that call.
What’s the difference between dry needling and PRP injection when you have Achilles tendinosis and you’re a runner?
Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.View Details »
Today’s episode comes from a great question I got during one of the Runners Aid station calls.
This was someone who had a plantar plate sprain and had talked to a doctor about a couple of different procedures that might actually, potentially, speed up the healing.
He wanted to know about the difference between these two things called dry needling or a PRP injection.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about dry needling versus PRP in runners.View Details »
I was just doing a telemedicine visit for a second opinion with a runner who’s had a longstanding plantar plate sprain. These can be very frustrating injuries because if you don’t treat them appropriately or you ramp up your activity too early, well, it can recur and they can go on for a really long time.
It had been a long time since he’s running, he needed a second opinion, he wanted to know whether or not the PRP injection, or a stem cell injection, or dry needling, or some other procedure might actually help him.
I’ve had one myself I was very cautious about reducing the stress and strain to the plantar plate ligament while I continued to maintain my running fitness as I recovered from that injury.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about whether or not you might need crutches after a PRP injection for a plantar plate injury.