It is a common experience to develop pain in the elbow when playing golf. Often this pain is golfer’s elbow, the common name for medial epicondylitis, which is a pain condition involving inflammation of the inner elbow and forearm. Golfer’s elbow is very similar to tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, which affects the outer elbow and forearm.
When you play golf, having a muscle strain and overuse injury can be both excruciating and extremely frustrating; and treatment may be ineffective or involve extensive recovery (as with surgery). However, recent studies show that platelet rich plasma (PRP) is extraordinarily effective on elbow epicondylitis. Individual patients are praising this therapy for giving them back their golf swing. In other words, get PRP treatment, and get back your golf mojo.
PRP for epicondylitis: review of the science
Seeing reviews or testimonials by those who have benefited from a medical therapy may be compelling. However, a treatment is even more convincing when medical researchers have found positive results among a broad population of patients. Here are three studies that all suggest the power of PRP specifically for elbow epicondylitis, suggesting it is a good choice to get back your full and natural golf swing:
- International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research (2017) – This randomized trial included 83 patients, split into two groups. One group was injected with PRP and the other with a local steroid. Participants were evaluated six months following the treatment. Those treated with PRP had significantly better rating on the Mayo performance index for elbow (MAYO) and visual analog score (VAS) indices than those who received the steroid.
- Current Orthopaedic Practice (2016) – This study included 609 patients with elbow epicondylitis. Both four and eight weeks following PRP treatment, the patients showed significantly healthier VAS and disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand (DASH) scores.
- American Journal of Sports Medicine (2014) – This rigorous research (multicenter, prospective, double-blind, randomized, and controlled) followed 230 elbow epicondylitis patients for five years. Some of the patients received PRP therapy; others were injected with needles, but PRP was not introduced. Twenty-four weeks following treatment (just shy of six months), 70.9% of the patients treated with PRP said they no longer had significant elbow soreness, while only 46.0% of the control group reported that they were free of significant pain.
Genuine care with PRP treatment
Are you experiencing pain during your golf swing? Get back a full and steady swing with platelet rich plasma therapy from the right clinic. At Advanced Wellness & Rehab, we have a genuine concern for your well-being and long-term health. See our PRP approach.