Non-surgical PRP for Tennis Elbow Treatment
PRP for Tennis Elbow! Better than Cortisone
For years, Dr. Bennett has avoided cortisone injections for tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. In general, while cortisone may alleviate pain, it is not healthy for tissue and with multiple injections may lead to further deterioration of the tissue which may lead ultimately to the need for surgery. This was noted early by Nirschl and his group.
Who Can Experience Tennis Elbow?
Pain on the outer aspect of the elbow can not only be seen with tennis players, but can be seen with manual laborers and with those who use computers for lengthy times.
Pain is often noticed when picking up heavy objects off the floor and when turning doorknobs or twisting topes off jars. While the pain can be quite debilitating and often responds to splinting and rest, some patients actually have tears of the tendon insertion that require further treatment.
Tennis Elbow Treatment
This is where PRP has been shown to be very beneficial. Dr. Bennett has been utilizing PRP to heal elbow injuries for years. In fact, he has treated his own condition twice achieving nearly 85 percent improvement despite continuing with heavy weight lifting activities.
There are now studies showing the more beneficial effect of PRP over cortisone for lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. Some of these studies have shown, “treatment of patients with chronic lateral epicondylitis with PRP reduces pain and increases function significantly exceeding the effect of corticosteroid injection even after a follow-up of 2 years. Effect of an Autologous Platelet Concentrate in Lateral Epicondylitis in Concentrate in Lateral Epicondylitis in a Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial Platelet-Rich Plasma Versus Corticosteroid Injection With a 1-Year Follow-up, by Joost C. Peerbooms, MD, Tilburg, Netherlands.
Other contributors in this domain include Alan Mishra from Stanford University. Dr. Bennett has had success with direct injections of PRP utilizing his in-office technique with a Sonosite MSK ultrasound that allows for the tears to be directly localized and the needle visualized and inserted directly into the tear. Furthermore, he has had success in treating this condition with a minimally invasive surgical technique called the “Tenex” procedure, which use a percutaneous ultrasound device to remove torn tissue. Following he has injected PRP.
Dr. Bennett’s immediate services area is localized to Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, North Port, Englewood and Lakewood Ranch, Florida. With easy access to Tampa-St. Petersburg Airports, as well as Ft Myers airport, his reach extends to Naples, Port Charlotte, out-of-state and International patients.