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Tendon Injuries May Be Linked to Estrogen Levels in Female Athletes

Posted 14 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 14 – The risk of tendon injuries appears to be greater in female athletes with naturally higher levels of estrogen, a small European study suggests. The findings suggest it may be a good idea to test estrogen levels in order to identify at-risk athletes so that extra precautions can be taken when planning their training program, said Katherine E. Burgess, of the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and colleagues in a news release. In this study, researchers examined the knee tendons and estrogen levels at different times during the menstrual cycle in 23 active young women. None of the participants were taking birth control pills, which alter hormone levels. The tendons in women with higher estrogen levels had differences in their mechanical properties, such as elongation and torque, that may lead to increased risk of injury. However, the researchers found no ... Read more

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For Achilles Overuse, Plasma Injections Look No Better Than Placebo

Posted 13 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13 – A new treatment for overuse injury of the Achilles tendon doesn't appear to be effective, a new study shows. Researchers in the Netherlands concluded that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are no better than placebo in reducing pain or improving a patient's ability to be active. The study included 54 patients, aged 18 to 70, with chronic Achilles tendinopathy. All the patients did eccentric exercises (stretching the Achilles tendon while contracting the calf muscle) and were randomly selected to receive either a PRP injection or saline injection. Both groups showed significant improvement in pain reduction and increased activity within 24 weeks after the start of the study. "Among patients with chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy treated with an eccentric exercise program, a PRP injection compared with a saline injection did not result in greater ... Read more

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