A new, published in the August 29, 2017 issue of the Journal of Orthopedic Research, shows that PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) its very effective for treating Tennis Elbow (aka lateral epicondylitis).
In the study 156 patients with Tennis Elbow were randomly divided into two groups. Group 1 was treated with a single injection of 2-mL of PRP, and Group 2, the control group, received only physical therapy without injection. Both groups used a tennis elbow strap and performed stretching and strengthening exercises during 24 weeks’ follow-up.
At 24 weeks, all pain and functional variables, including pain score, Mayo Clinic performance scores, and MRI imaging, improved significantly in Group 1 (P < 0.05) compared to Group 2.
Tennis Elbow can be very challenging to treat. Research has shown convincingly that corticosteroid injections, while providing faster relief, offer no long-term benefit, and in fact patients are often worse off many months following a steroid injection compared to those treated with physical therapy.
PRP has been used to treat Tennis Elbow for a number of years. In fact, we were the first practice in southern New England, and one of the first in the country, to begin using PRP for orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. This is the latest study to document the effectiveness of PRP scientifically.
However, not all PRP is the same. Some is of poor quality. Also, if the injection is not done accurately then the results will be disappointing. Here at Valley Sports Physicians we make our own PRP and measure it with a cell counter to guarantee the highest quality PRP available. The images below show our PRP (straw colored) compared to an inferior PRP (looks like blood).
We are also experts in ultrasound-guided injections to insure accurate placement of the PRP in the damaged area(s) of the tendon. Sadly, while an increasing number of physicians are starting to use ultrasound, not all are skilled in performing guided injections.
The best PRP. The highest skilled physicians. You can trust your care to Valley Sports Physicians.