Autologous Blood Injections (ABI)
ABI is a form of prolotherapy (‘Proliferation therapy’). It is a suitable treatment option for chronic tendon inflammation (tennis/golfers elbow, achilles tendonitis, patella tendonitis etc), as well as plantar fasciitis (heel spurs) and chronic lumbar pain.
Blood is extracted via venipuncture and injected around the effected tissue. As opposed to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), no preparation of blood is required. Blood cannot be injected into a joint or bursa so, unlike PRP, ABI is not suitable for use with early stage osteoarthritis, bursitis or other forms of joint inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis etc). PRP may be better suited to these conditions.
Like PRP, autologous blood injections are repeated two or three times, (each injection is performed 4-6 weeks apart), and results can take 8-12 weeks to reach maximal effect.
Some important points to mention:
- ABI is not comfortable – you may experience local pain and tenderness for up to 3 or 4 days after your injection.
- You will not experience relief in symptoms for 2 to 6 weeks – ABI is not a ‘quick fix’. Applications of ice or heat may be beneficial in the days immediately following your treatment.
- As a rule, 30% of patients require only one injection to resolve their pain, 30% require two injections, 30% require three injections and 10% require four or more injections. If SIGNIFICANT improvement is NOT forthcoming 6-weeks after your second injection treatment will be terminated.
Conditions that may be suitable to treat with ABI:
- Chronic (long standing) lumbar pain
- Achilles tendonitis/enthesitis/paratendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Shin splints
- Patella tendonitis
- Hamstring tendonoses
Please attend your consultation with ALL imaging (radiographic) and pathology (blood) results.
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