Individuals suffering from lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, can take advantage of a new minimally invasive treatment offered by a private musculoskeletal specialist clinic, MSK Doctors, to reduce their long-term joint pain and improve their recovery speed.
More information about the private MSK Doctors clinic in Lincoln, UK, and non-surgical treatment options for tennis elbow, can be found at https://www.mskdoctors.com/services/non-surgical/prp
The recently launched non-surgical treatment uses the patient’s own blood to create a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is then injected into the patient’s elbow, where it can work directly on the injury. By altering the composition of the PRP, the medical team can concentrate the body’s naturally beneficial growth factors, such as cytokines, and then redirect them to the injured area.
Experts believe that there are currently more than 5000 different techniques for producing PRP, with each generating unique combinations and concentrations. Though some clinics may offer generic PRP treatments, the MSK Doctors team believes that every patient’s recovery can be optimized by using a highly individualized treatment plan.
While PRP is not a rapid cure for tennis elbow, research has shown that it can provide significant improvements over time. One double-blind study which measured patient pain responses found that while short-term results were comparable with or without the treatment, after several months patients who had received PRP showed significant improvement over the control group (1).
The medical team employs a variety of different methods for preparing PRP from a patient’s blood sample based on the nature of their injury, and the exact combination may also vary from patient to patient. Though PRP injections are becoming a popular treatment for tennis elbow, they can also help a range of other conditions, such as osteoarthritis, shoulder injuries, and damaged ligaments.
About MSK Doctors
MSK Doctors is a private clinic in Lincoln, UK, that specializes in treating musculoskeletal conditions and offering highly personalized treatment plans. The clinic offers a self-referral option that allows patients to schedule their own appointments without a referral from their GP and has a no wait-list policy to ensure all patients are seen promptly.
A spokesperson for the clinic explained, “Effective treatment with PRP requires a solid understanding of the biology of the condition. Although it is true to claim that PRP can treat a number of conditions, the devil is in the details when it comes to preparing the solution.”
More information about the MSK Doctors’ private clinic, Platelet Rich Plasma treatments, and the self-referral program can be found at https://www.mskdoctors.com
(1) Mishra et al. Efficacy of platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow: a double-blind, prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled trial of 230 patients. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Feb;42(2):463-71. DOI: 10.1177/0363546513494359
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