How does PRP help heal tendons and ligaments?
Tendons connect your muscles to your bones, making it possible for joints to flex and our bodies to move. Overuse or damage to the tendon over a long period causes the collagen fibers in the tendons to form small tears, a condition called tendonitis. Damage to tendons most often occurs in the knees, ankles, hips, spine, elbows, shoulders and wrists – the joints that move the most.
Ligaments are composed of collagen fibers that holds one bone to another, stabilizing the joint and controlling the range of motion. When a ligament is damaged, it is no longer able to stabilize the bones within the joint, which often leads to pain. This instability does not always show up on high tech imaging equipment.
Tendons and ligaments tend to have a poor blood supply and when damaged, they do not usually heal well. Combined with the stress of daily activity, tendons and ligaments become inefficient, causing degeneration of the joint, leading to chronic pain and weakness.