George T. on Birdeye
8 years ago
07/31/2015, 14:50 PM
When I initially hurt myself, I googled PRP Treatment for Achilles Tears, and I was unable to find helpful posts. I hope this review helps others that are considering this procedure.
My story - 40 Years old. Active. P90x, stair climber, plyometrics about 5 times per week. Had 2 tears in my Right Achilles that I hoped would heal with rest. When the pain persisted I was recommended to Dr Drew DeMann at Manhattan Spine & Sports Medicine. After reviewing my MRI and Ultrasound, Dr DeMann was confident he could fix me with one or two treatments of PRP.
Procedure - being injected was not terribly painful, but you definitely knew it was happening. The idea behind PRP, once you are injected, the plasma spreads to the area with tears, expands, and fills the gaps. Like those foam sprayers used for cracks in home repair. Took an Uber home, feeling like my leg was a bit heavy, but not overly uncomfortable. Dr DeMann warned me that I would feel pressure in the area at night and to keep the leg elevated as I slept. That night, I woke up about 2am feeling like my leg was going to explode from the pressure. This was the point where I was thinking I should have taken the pain pills provided! Thankfully, this was the low point for me, as each night got easier and easier.
Walking Boot - I wore it more than asked. Used it for nearly 3 weeks.
Physical Therapy - Manhattan Spine has a great "One Stop Shop" concept. My physical therapist, Dr. Jacqueline Reisner, was located right on premises. I have had PT treatment before and it was always a lackadaisical event. Not with Dr. Reisner. She explains what you will do, stands by your side and corrects you when you are doing it wrong, and teaches you how to continue improving on your own. I have since incorporated stretches she taught me in to my daily routine. She is a gem in the PT world.
6 weeks later I continued my stretches and was back at the gym. It has been 9 months since my PRP on my Achilles and I could not be happier. I am back at the gym 5 to 6 times per week and climbing stairs at an aggressive pace. I would recommend Dr DeMann & Dr. Reisner to anyone in my situation.
*Note - ask your doctor the cost, as many insurance companies do not cover PRP