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Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tennis Elbow

Study: PRP Beats Cortisone Shots for Tennis Elbow

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A downside to PRP is that it isn't cheap. Not all insurance plans cover the treatment, which costs from $750 to $1,500. So when might the less-expensive corticosteroid shot be a better option?

"I use steroids for tennis elbow if someone has had two weeks of pain and it is just killing them," Mautner says. "But if it’s been several months of pain and the ultrasound or MRI shows degeneration in the tendon and no swelling around it, I won’t advise it."

Is the elbow the only tendon amenable to PRP? A recent study suggested that the treatment does not work for Achilles tendon injuries. But Mautner says his experience is different.

"PRP success is most predictable with elbows, but I have had amazing success with using it to treat Achilles tendon injuries. We have to do more research on this," he says.

Gosens presented the study findings in a report to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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