Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection for Tennis Elbow

Doctor hand with latex glove holding Blood test tube on Sterile room

Overview

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections involve drawing some of your own blood which is then spun down to yield increased concentrations of platelets. Platelets are a crucial component of blood important in healing, and they contain growth enhancing factors thought to increase healing. The plasma is then injected into the area of damage at the lateral epicondyle.

RESCU Treatment Ratings

R = Risk      E = Effectiveness      S = Self-Care

C = Cost     U = Usefulness (overall rating)

1 = Least Favorable     5 = Most Favorable

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RISK: 4/5 

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Since the PRP comes from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission, and side effects appear rare, although pain and inflammation at the site of injection have been reported.

Sources:

Kahlenberg CA, Knesek M, Terry MA. New Developments in the Use of Biologics and Other Modalities in the Management of Lateral Epicondylitis. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:439309.

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