What is the efficacy of platelet rich plasma (PRP) for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Another study demonstrated significantly reduced pain when treating chronic elbow tendinosis with buffered platelet rich plasma. Mishra and Pavelko evaluated 140 patients with elbow epicondylar pain; 20 patients continued to consider surgical intervention after conservative therapy failed to resolve their symptoms. [30] These patients were then administered either a single percutaneous injection of platelet-rich plasma or bupivacaine (control group). At 8 weeks after therapy, the authors demonstrated a 60% pain improvement in the group who received the platelet-rich plasma compared with a 16% pain improvement in the control group. [30] At 6 months and final follow-up (mean, 25.6 mo; range, 12-38 mo), the patients who had received the platelet-rich plasma continued to report significant pain reduction.

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