In this podcast I discuss the pros and cons of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy in the treatment of Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) and Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow.)
Including the following issues:
- Whether there’s any evidence PRP is an effective treatment, (based on medical studies)
- Whether it’s worth the price – and the pain afterward (also sometimes during the procedure)
- And whether there are any better alternatives (other approaches to achieving the same goals.)
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP (and its less-sophisticated relative, Autologous Blood Injection) are in-office, minimally-invasive “non-surgical” procedures that begin by having a small amount of your blood drawn.
In the PRP procedure your blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, by separating them from your red blood cells and your plasma, which is mostly water and Electrolytes.
Then your platelets (along with some of your plasma) is injected into the injured area that’s not healing (usually a tendon or ligament.)
Platelets are cells in your blood that are mostly responsible for blood clotting, and they also secrete growth factors that are involved in tissue healing.
(The procedure with ABI is the same, except they skip the spinning and separating step, and simply inject you with the whole blood.)
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