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Did You Know… An injection of PRP from your own blood could be the solution to chronic, painful tennis or golfer’s elbow. These conditions, caused by overuse of the muscles or tendons of the forearm, are often treated with corticosteroid injections, or sometimes surgery.  PRP has been proven to be more effective and longer lasting when compared to corticosteroid injections for the treatment of these conditions.

Is PRP right for me?

Elbow injuries are common among athletes and sports enthusiasts. When overuse injuries happen repeatedly at the same site, our bodies inherently stop and linger in the inflammatory phase of the healing process rather than moving into the regenerative phases needed to recover from the injury. When this pause in the healing process occurs, tendons are prone to suffer due to their relative avascularity (less blood flow). The pain and discomfort associated with an elbow injury can become a chronic issue that can leave you routinely incapacitated and plagued with ongoing treatment costs.

PRP treatment helps stimulate the healing process and allows your body to rapidly progress through the three phases of healing. While the procedure is most effective with a period of rest to follow, the recovery time and cost of this regenerative and reparative therapy are much less than those associated with surgery and more effective and longer lasting than some conventional treatment options, such as cortisone injections.

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How does PRP work?

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is an autologous blood therapy that uses a patient’s own blood to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. The body’s normal healing processes are dependent upon blood flow. Whether an open cut or a micro tear in a tendon, the body signals for and recruits platelets to the area of injury, releasing growth factors and stem cells to initiate healing and regeneration.

Today’s technology allows us to sequester and concentrate platelets from your blood and initiate that same healing process, in an accelerated fashion, by increasing the baseline concentration of platelets by four to seven times. PRP delivers a powerful dose of growth factors to the injury site and dramatically enhances the healing process.

If surgery is required, PRP can be used to:

  • Reduce inflammation and bruising
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce risk of infection
  • Reduce scarring

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