What is Achilles Tendinitis?
Achilles tendinitis is an injury to the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and runs down the back of the lower leg to connect the calf muscle to the heel bone. While the Achilles tendon is known for its strength and resilient flexibility, it can become inflamed. Bone spurs or sudden repetitive stressed movements can strain the tendon. Once inflamed, basic activities like walking, jumping, or running can be painful. Achilles tendinitis is a common ailment, and swelling as well as severe pain can result in a limited range of motion.
A conservative self care plan often includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and or orthopedic shoes. Physical therapy has been known to help as well. Additionally, focusing on low impact sports is likely to help reduce any further stress on the tendon. However, if a patient is still seeing dealing with immense pain, they should consider a more proactive treatment plan.
Stem Cell Injections as a Treatment Option
Stem cells have been known to revitalize the Achilles tendon and can even encourage the healing of an already surgically repaired tendon. This is because stem cells have over 200 various growth factors with anti-inflammatory effects. These growth factors contain proteins or enzymes that can reduce inflammation and pain.
Stem cell injections offer more than the temporary relief of other drugs. They take advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself by helping the body’s own stem cells reconstruct and regenerate injured tissues causing pain
Before receiving stem cell injections for Achilles tendinitis, an MRI or X Ray are required in order for a doctor to properly diagnose the injury. Stem cell treatments are a popular alternative to surgery as they offer faster relief and a shorter recovery time. They are normally administered during a scheduled office visit, and through a single injection.
Dr. Grossfeld has over 25 years of experience in orthopedic medicine and is a double board-certified orthopedic surgeon. To get more information about stem cells as a treatment option, call 502-212-2663 to make an appointment today.