New walk in walk out PRP injection clears up Richard’s tennis elbow pain
Whilst working on stone wall improvements, Richard developed tennis elbow. This was caused by the repetitive action of carrying heavy stones and resulted in a strain to his forearm tendons that then became inflamed. Being a sportsman, he also continued to regularly take part in activities including biking and going to the gym and the pain in his elbow, where his tendons join the bony part on the outside of his elbow joint, got worse due to both repetition and weight bearing.
Richard firstly tried a cortisone injection to reduce the pain but this didn’t offer the pain relief he was hoping for and did not cure his tennis elbow.
He then sought the professional opinion of the Physiotherapy team at Fitzwilliam Hospital. He attended eight appointments where he received help in managing his pain and exercise advice to improve his strength and flexibility.
Whilst at one of his appointments Rebecca a Physiotherapist at Fitzwilliam suggested that Richard consider trying a relatively new treatment for tennis elbow called platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to relieve his elbow pain.
Richard booked an appointment with Mr Gora Pathak a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Fitzwilliam Hospital who offers PRP injections for tennis elbow.
Platelets are blood cells that promote blood clotting and help wounds to heal. They contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing process of an injury.
Platelet rich plasma injections are a concentrated mixture of platelet cells from your own blood. They are used to treat a variety of common orthopaedic conditions by carefully injecting a high concentration of platelets into these inflamed or damaged areas.
A PRP injection is a simple outpatient procedure that takes just 30 minutes to perform. The patient’s blood is taken, spun in a centrifuge, and injected into the injured area.
Richard had two PRP injections as he felt improvement with the first injection but it was not totally better.
The pain was fully relieved after his second PRP injection.
“I am so pleased to have had this new procedure that appears to have done the job. It has allowed me to get back to the hobbies I love that require twisting and turning of my arm such as cycling, gardening and going to the gym, without pain.” Said Richard. “I would like to thank both Rebecca in Fitzwilliam’s Physio department for encouraging me to find out more about PRP injections, and Mr Pathak who provided first class care including a detailed explanation about the treatment and how it works, and a well-performed injection.”