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Playing a lot of golf or tennis can lead to developing golfer’s or tennis elbow. This is when the inner or outer tendons in your elbow feel painful due to overuse. Despite its name, however, this condition is not limited to golf and tennis players. If you have this, you might need a PRP epicondyle injection.
A PRP epicondyle injection is a procedure where parts of your own blood are injected into your affected elbow to heal the strained tendons.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are the blood cells responsible for clotting; plasma is the liquid element of blood that carries platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells.
Platelet-rich plasma accelerates the natural regenerative process when it is introduced into damaged muscles and bones.
The doctor collects blood from your body. This blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood.
Your affected elbow is then numbed in preparation for the injection. The doctor finally injects the platelet-rich plasma into your elbow, sometimes with the help of an ultrasound device to ensure the needle reaches the right tendon.
Your elbow might be sore and have minor bruising after the procedure. Avoid washing it for two days. It may take weeks for the treatment to take full effect, but you don’t have to worry about major side effects, as your body only receives your own blood and no foreign element.
You can speed up your natural recovery from tennis/golfer’s elbow without surgery or steroids. Get a PRP epicondyle injection in Torrance with the help of our expert pain management doctor at Torrance Pain Institute.