Injecting Platelet-Rich Plasma is a technique that is done at our office. It consists in the extraction of 20ml of your own blood that will be subsequently centrifuged to obtain PLASMA.
It is used with injuries such as tendinitis and / or tendinosis, muscle tears, periostitis, and plantar fasciitis with the aim of accelerating healing and regenerating damaged tissue.
The sports that have more shoulder injuries are those where throws or movements of the shoulder are made over the head such as baseball, football, swimming, and volleyball. In addition to these, shoulder injuries in multiple contact sports are also frequent due to falls or traumas. Among the most frequent injuries are:
– TENDINITIS, TENDINOSIS OR BURSITIS: These are injuries due to overuse or misuse of the joint or side-effects after a fall on the shoulder.
SYMPTOMS: Pain that ranges from mild to severe on the outside of the shoulder, limiting mobility such as raising the arm, passing it over the head, or scratching the back.
TREATMENT: In most cases treatment is based on physical therapy, anti-inflammatories or infiltrations with anti-inflammatories or Platelet Rich Plasma injections.
– ROTATOR CUFF TEARS: The tendons of the rotator cuff may suffer injuries such as tears or ruptures as a side-effect to trauma or overuse of the shoulder.
SYMPTOMS: Moderate to severe pain with significant limitation of use when trying to raise the arm and do rotations, pain increases at night when lying down, and radiating pain from below the shoulder to the arm.
TREATMENT: In these cases, it will require surgical treatment with tendon repair by either an arthroscopy or open surgery.
– DISLOCATED SHOULDER: In most cases, shoulder dislocations are due to incidents that occur in contact sports, such as football and rugby or due to accidents like a bike or motorbike accident.
SYMPTOMS: Severe pain immediately after the injury and inability to move the shoulder.
TREATMENT: The initial treatment will always be to urgently reposition the shoulder back in its rightful position, and if it dislocates again a surgery will usually be required.
CLAVICLE FRACTURES (BROKEN COLLARBONE)
– DISLOCATED ACROMIOCLAVICULAR JOINT: These two injuries happen frequently after falls on the shoulder while practicing cycling or motorcycling.
SYMPTOMS: Moderate to severe pain in the area around the collarbone, deformity of the area, inflammation, and a mobility limitation.
TREATMENT: Depending on the case and the severity, the treatment will either be a temporary immobilization or a surgery.
Elbow injuries caused by the practice of sports are due to overuse of same movement, such as in tennis, ping pong, golf, or due to traumatic injuries.
TENNIS OR GOLFER’S ELBOW: This is a very frequent injury characterized by pain in the internal or external tendons of the elbow.
SYMPTOMS: Pain in the inner or outer side of the elbow, pain when opening a jar or a door, or while shaking hands.
TREATMENT: In most cases this can be resolved with physical therapy, rest, and anti-inflammatories. In some cases it is necessary to perform surgery.
ELBOW LIGAMENT INJURY: The collateral elbow ligaments injuries occur occasionally in sports where balls are thrown such as baseball. The treatment depends on the severity and in some cases surgical reconstruction is necessary.
The knee is one of the joints that can suffer the most during the practice of many general sports. The knee can be affected by injuries in sports during which your knee can twist after falling, such as in soccer, basketball and volleyball. Among the most frequent knee injuries are:
– TENDINITIS OR TENDINOSIS: These are injuries due to overuse or knee misuse during a training. Patellar Tendinitis or Jumper’s knee is one of the most frequent knee injuries. In most cases this is treated with rest (suspension of sports activities), re-education of sports activity concerned, physical therapy and in very severe cases it will be necessary to perform surgery.
– COLLATERAL LIGAMENTS INJURIES: Most of the time these injuries are caused by falls with the knee either in or out. It is caused by overstretching, tearing up or rupture of the affected ligament.
SYMPTOMS: Inflammation, limitation of mobility and a feeling of instability while walking.
TREATMENT: In most cases, this is treated by placing a stabilizing brace for 4 to 6 weeks, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory pills. In cases of complete rupture surgery will be required in order to reconstruct the affected ligaments.
– MENISCUS TEAR: The meniscus are two structures that are between the two bones of the knee that act to disperse the weight of the body and reduce friction during movement. This injury can occur after a player squats and twists the knee, causing a tear.
SYMPTOMS: Pain in the internal or external part of the knee (such as a stitch), sensation of blockage of the knee, limitation of movement to stretch or flex.
TREATMENT: In most cases, when there is a meniscus tear, surgical arthroscopic treatment will be required for its repair, and depending on the type of rupture, a meniscus suture or a meniscus remodeling will be performed (removal of the injured part).