Tennis elbow is a painful condition that often occurs as a result of overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and around the elbow joint. Recover® Tennis Elbow Treatment can help.
Blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and blood platelets. Platelets are known to be responsible for blood clotting and releasing growth factors. Growth factors, released from platelets upon activation, can influence the biological processes necessary for the repair of soft tissues, such as tendon or ligaments, following acute traumatic or overuse injuries.
Recover® Leukocyte-, and Platelet-Rich Plasma (L-PRP) offers a technique that may help tendon injuries. L-PRP prepared with the Recover® technique, result in concentrated platelets and white blood cells containing reservoirs of bioactive proteins, like growth factors. L-PRP injection therapy offers a technique that may help to decrease pain and improve function.
A 26 ml sample of blood is withdrawn from your arm. The blood is then transferred in a cell separator tube that is placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood for 15 minutes. The centrifuge step separates the L-PRP from the rest of the blood components. After centrifugation the L-PRP is collected. The PRP (containing platelets, growth factors and white blood cells) is ready to be injected back into the tendon at the site of the chronic injury.
Before injecting the L-PRP a local anaesthetic can be used. After just one single skin poke, the L-PRP will be injected into the tendon with multiple penetrations.
After the L-PRP injection you should not move your arm for 15 minutes. Afterwards you can go home and you may get a prescription for a narcotic pain medication for pain control overnight. Anti inflammatory drugs are not allowed. Icing may be a good solution. Increased pain at the site of injury may result for 48–72 hours post L-PRP injection.
Twenty-four hours post treatment you should start a standardized stretching protocol that will be provided by your consultant. You should follow this for two weeks. After the two weeks stretching a formal strengthening programme will be added. Over time, you are allowed to take up sporting or recreational activities, as tolerated.
To find out more about the Recover® Tennis Elbow treatment simply contact our team.