Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Lateral Epicondylitis

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    Apr 27, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    I've been suffering from lateral epicondylitis for over 18 months and have received both physical therapy and multiple injections of corticosteroids. Yet, the pain continues.

    After my latest consultation with a sports medicine doctor, he suggested one more corticosteroid injection and that if the pain continued, he would refer me to a surgical option.

    I'd prefer to hold off surgery as an absolute last result because I've read that "tennis elbow" is actually one of the “self-limiting enthesopathies” of middle age. In fact, it affects about 2% of the population, most often in our 40s or 50s.

    But I'm growing curious about PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY. Has anyone tried this? I'd be very appreciative to hear about results - either pro or con.

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    Apr 27, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
    I know of a few doctors that perform this procedure in the NY area. I've never had it, but I have had a similar procedure called Prolotherapy or Reconstructive Therapy. Always try an alternative treatment before surgery, you never know.
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    Apr 29, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    osakarob saidI've been suffering from lateral epicondylitis for over 18 months and have received both physical therapy and multiple injections of corticosteroids. Yet, the pain continues.

    After my latest consultation with a sports medicine doctor, he suggested one more corticosteroid injection and that if the pain continued, he would refer me to a surgical option.

    I'd prefer to hold off surgery as an absolute last result because I've read that "tennis elbow" is actually one of the “self-limiting enthesopathies” of middle age. In fact, it affects about 2% of the population, most often in our 40s or 50s.

    But I'm growing curious about PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY. Has anyone tried this? I'd be very appreciative to hear about results - either pro or con.


    Did they rule out "double crush syndrome"? Do you know?
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    May 02, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    osakarob saidI've been suffering from lateral epicondylitis for over 18 months and have received both physical therapy and multiple injections of corticosteroids. Yet, the pain continues.

    After my latest consultation with a sports medicine doctor, he suggested one more corticosteroid injection and that if the pain continued, he would refer me to a surgical option.

    I'd prefer to hold off surgery as an absolute last result because I've read that "tennis elbow" is actually one of the “self-limiting enthesopathies” of middle age. In fact, it affects about 2% of the population, most often in our 40s or 50s.

    But I'm growing curious about PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY. Has anyone tried this? I'd be very appreciative to hear about results - either pro or con.



    I had a rotator cuff tear in December 2011, I tried Physical Therapy(which did not help me), rest and then going light on swimming laps. I was really getting frustrated with the lack of progress I went for a consultation last November with an Orthopedic surgeon who gave me a shot of cortisone but told me to come back in a month if it flared up and he would discuss surgical options. Since I want to avoid surgery I found Prolotherapy, the first two treatments were regular Proloteraphy and this morning I had my 3rd which uses the PRP you were referring to. I have not felt too much progress yet but am hoping the added PRP treatment will help. Prolotherapy has been around for years and has a high success rate.