I am a healthy active 36 year old male that has never injured myself ever, so this is my first.
I injured myself on Dec 15, 2008 while playing volleyball. A 200 pound guy landed on the back of my leg after I landed from spiking the ball and down I went. After the injury, I went to a doctor who told me that I had a torn calf muscle. I went along with that because the guy landed on my calf muscle and that was where the majority of the pain was located originally. I went back to the doctor a couple of times because I was getting better but it kept hurting. He told me that these things take about a year to heal. Finally in April, I was not getting any better. I still limped and now the pain was pretty much all at the back of my ankle. I found a different doctor and saw him. Right away he said that my achilles tendon was also ruptured, so he sent me to get an MRI. The MRI showed that it was not a complete rupture, the front part was still together but the back part that was torn had deteriorated leaving dead tissue, which would make surgery difficult. He told me that his partner was working with a non surgical method called PRP (Plasma Rich Platelets) that would be a great alternative for my situation, since mine was not fully ruptured the platelets would adhere to the good part and regenerate new cells filling in the torn part. PRP is taking my blood and getting the platelets out of it and injecting it into the tendon to jump start the tendon into healing itself.
It is Monday May 18th and I had the procedure done three days ago. The procedure itself did not hurt. The only thing that hurt was when they injected the lidocaine to numb the area. I am now in the boot and am using crutches for the next three weeks. I then will go back and at one month will have an additional injection depending on how things are healing. My ankle is sore but I was told that it will be sore for around a week after the injection which I want. Soreness means that the injection is causing the healing of the tendon.
I tried reading information about the procedure before I had it done but there is not alot out there since using it on achilles tendons is fairly new. I figured I would give it a shot since surgery was not going to be easy based on my injury, so I figured at worst I would just be delaying surgery a month or so if this does not work and at best I will be better without having surgery.
Biologically speaking this procedure makes since, so I am hoping that science doesn’t fail me and I am on my way to recovery and back to my active life. It is rather difficult to coach little league baseball on crutches but I did it the day after the procedure.