Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Lateral Elbow Epicondylitis: A Revolutionary Treatment Option

Lateral elbow epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tendons on the outer side of the elbow. It can be debilitating and affect daily activities. Traditional treatment options include rest, physiotherapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and corticosteroid injections. However, recent advancements in regenerative medicine have introduced Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) as a revolutionary treatment option for lateral elbow epicondylitis. PRP is a cutting-edge therapy that utilizes the body’s own healing properties to accelerate tissue repair and promote pain relief.

Enhanced Tissue Healing

PRP contains a concentrated amount of platelets, which are rich in growth factors and cytokines that may play a crucial role in tissue healing. When injected into the affected area, PRP stimulates the body’s natural healing process by promoting cell proliferation, tissue regeneration, and angiogenesis (1). This might accelerate the healing of the damaged tendons in the lateral elbow, leading to improved outcomes and faster recovery compared to traditional treatments.

Long-lasting Pain Relief

One of the primary goals of treating lateral elbow epicondylitis is to alleviate pain. PRP has been shown to provide long-lasting pain relief by reducing inflammation and promoting tissue repair. The growth factors in PRP seem to modulate the inflammatory response, reducing pain and swelling (2). Moreover, PRP has been found to be superior to corticosteroid injections in terms of long-term pain relief, as corticosteroids may provide only temporary relief and have potential side effects (3).

Non-surgical approach to tennis elbow

PRP is a non-surgical treatment option for lateral elbow epicondylitis, making it a favorable choice for those who wish to avoid invasive procedures. The procedure involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s own blood, which is then processed to obtain PRP. The PRP is then injected into the affected area under ultrasound or fluoroscopy guidance. Since PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, there is minimal risk of adverse reactions or infections (4).

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary treatment option for lateral elbow epicondylitis that offers enhanced tissue healing, long-lasting pain relief, and a non-surgical approach. Its use in regenerative medicine has shown promising results in the management of this condition. If you are suffering from lateral elbow epicondylitis, consult with a qualified healthcare provider to see if PRP therapy may be a suitable option for you.

References:

  1. Mishra, A., & Pavelko, T. (2006). Treatment of chronic elbow tendinosis with buffered platelet-rich plasma. The American journal of sports medicine, 34(11), 1774-1778.
  2. Krogh, T. P., Bartels, E. M., Ellingsen, T., Stengaard-Pedersen, K., Buchbinder, R., Fredberg, U., & Bliddal, H. (2013). Comparative effectiveness of injection therapies in lateral epicondylitis: a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. The American journal of sports medicine, 41(6), 1435-1446.
  3. Gosens, T., Peerbooms, J. C., van Laar, W., & den Oudsten, B. L. (2011). Ongoing positive effect of platelet-rich plasma versus corticosteroid injection.