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"She Blinded Me with Science!" Part III Golfer's Elbow: PRP vs Surgery

Updated: Jan 5

By Deborah Westergaard, M.D.

In our latest exploration, we delve into a compelling alternative to surgery for Golfer's Elbow otherwise known as Medial Epicondylitis (ME). This condition, characterized by elbow pain due to overuse, often limits daily activities and can be quite challenging to manage.

Introduction to Medial Epicondylitis

Medial epicondylitis, commonly known as "golfer's elbow," is a condition that occurs when the tendons on the inside of the forearm become inflamed due to overuse. This inflammation leads to pain and tenderness around the elbow, especially when gripping or lifting objects. It's often seen in athletes or individuals who engage in repetitive wrist and arm motions. While the name suggests a connection to golf, it can affect anyone who performs activities that strain these tendons.

The Emergence of PRP Therapy as a Possible Solution

Traditionally, surgery has been a primary approach for those suffering from elbow pain due to Golfer's Elbow, ME. However, recent research presents a game-changer: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. A study led by Hunter L. Bohlen and team reveals that PRP offers outcomes akin to surgery, but with a quicker return to normalcy. Patients treated with PRP experienced faster recovery in terms of achieving full range of motion and attaining a pain-free state, compared to those who underwent surgery.

For a deeper understanding of this innovative treatment and its benefits, delve into the full study double click here.

Pain Experts' Approach to Advanced Treatment

At Pain Experts, we stay at the forefront of such medical advancements. PRP therapy stands as a testament to our commitment to offering less invasive, yet highly effective treatments. If elbow pain is impeding your life, PRP therapy could be your pathway to a quicker, smoother recovery, helping you embrace your daily activities sooner and with less discomfort.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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