PRP is autologous blood with a platelet concentration above baseline. It utilizes the growth factors (GF) in platelets to help with tissue healing. GF expressed by platelets have the ability to directly influence tissue regeneration through angiogenesis, chemotaxis and cell proliferation. Therefore, by injecting growth platelets into the site of injury, the body responds by stimulating its healing process- cell migration, proliferation & remodeling.
PRP has been used to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Some patients have reported an improvement in their condition while a vast majority has reported nil changes to their injuries.
Tennis Elbow or clinically known as “Lateral epicondylitis” is a condition that affects your elbow’s muscles and tendons. It causes pain to the area that is brought by strenuous use of the elbow.
Latest study shows that the use of Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has significant effect in treating Tennis elbow. Results suggest that using PRP is better than having corticosteroids shots. Corticosteroids are used to address the pain but it doesn’t heal the condition itself. Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) is an injury of the elbows wherein the area lacks blood supply thus delays the healing process. And so, the PRP treatment address that by injecting the patient’s
own platelets directly to the site of injury in order for it to hasten the healing process. However, some studies show that this treatment has insignificant result in dealing Achilles tendon injuries.