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J Orthop. 2015 Nov 18;12(Suppl 2):S166-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2015.10.018. eCollection 2015 Dec.

The effect of platelet-rich plasma injection on lateral epicondylitis following failed conservative management.

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1
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol BS9 1LA, United Kingdom.
2
Lancaster Royal Infirmary-Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Lancaster LA1 4RP, United Kingdom.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We assessed the effect PRP injection on pain and function in patients with lateral epicondylitis where conservative management had failed.

METHODS:

We prospectively reviewed 34 patients. The mean follow-up was 26 weeks (range 6-114 weeks). We used the Oxford Elbow Score (OES) and progression to surgery to assess outcomes.

RESULTS:

88.2% improved their OES. 8.8% reported symptom progression. One patient had no change. No patients suffered adverse reactions. Two patients underwent an open release procedure. One had the injection repeated.

CONCLUSION:

An injection of PRP improves pain and function in patients suffering from LE where conservative management has failed.

KEYWORDS:

ASES, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons; AWB, autologous whole blood; DASH, disabilities of arm, shoulder and hand; ECRB, Extensor Carpe Radialis Brevis; LE, lateral epicondylitis; Lateral epicondylitis; Lateral tendinosis; MCID, minimal clinically important difference; NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatorys; OES, Oxford Elbow Score; PRP, platelet-rich plasma; Platelet-rich plasma; Tennis elbow; VAS, visual-analogue score

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