Tara Haelle writing in Rheumatology News reported
on a 24 week randomized controlled and double blind study looked at the effectiveness of
platelet-rich plasma –PRP in treating tennis elbow. The study involved 230 patients who
had failed physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or cortisone
shots and was conducted at the Rothman Institute of Thomas Jefferson University. The PRP group
showed a 71.5% improvement in pain scores while the control group showed a 56.1% improvement. Comment: The differences weren’t huge but
this still indicates PRP is the treatment of choice.
Cortisone shots should
be avoided.

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Dennis Veasley

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