How PRP Can Get Your Elbow Ready for Golf Again

How PRP Can Get Your Elbow Ready for Golf Again

You may have heard of tennis elbow, which is a painful condition that affects the outside of the elbow. However, it’s also possible to sustain injuries on the inside of this joint, which is an issue known as golfer’s elbow. 

Golfer’s elbow may be less common than tennis elbow, but it can still cause significant pain and keep you from activities you love, including its namesake. It’s most common in people ages 40-60, and it often causes some telltale symptoms, including:

In most cases, these symptoms occur during specific activities, such as writing, lifting something, or making sudden jerking movements — such as swinging a golf club. It’s also common for people to have problems grasping objects tightly or moving their arms as they did in the past.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to hang up your golf clubs to find relief.

Our team at Valley Pain Centers offers the latest treatments designed to ease pain at the source and restore function. If you have golfer’s elbow, here’s how platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can get you back in the swing of things.

Introducing PRP therapy

Your blood contains a number of elements, including proteins, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelet-rich plasma therapy deals with this last substance. Platelets are powerful cells because they cause your blood to clot, and they’re also crucial to the healing process.

By harvesting some of these cells and injecting them into injured areas, they can trigger cell regeneration and healing. This, in turn, can reduce or eliminate your symptoms as the damaged areas of your body heal.

To perform PRP therapy, your provider first draws some of your blood. Then, your provider spins the blood in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelets from the rest of your blood’s components. Finally, your provider takes the resulting serum and injects it into the part of your body with damage or disease. If you have golfer’s elbow, it would involve the tendon inside your elbow.

Once in place, the PRP gets right to work regenerating new tissue in the treatment site. And, as the tissue heals over time, this can result in reduced pain and improved function. 

What to expect from PRP therapy for golfer’s elbow

Not only are PRP treatments highly effective for tendon injuries, such as golfer’s elbow, but they’re quick, simple, and come with few risks or side effects. 

While PRP injections can come with nearly 80% success rates, it’s important to note that you won’t see results immediately. Instead, PRP therapy kickstarts the inflammatory process — an essential part of the healing process. As a result, it’s common to have mild tenderness, pain, or discomfort after your injection. This is good because it means the PRP therapy is working.

Over the following weeks and months, you can expect your elbow symptoms to continually improve as healthy new cells return to the treatment site. For the best results, we could recommend a series of PRP injections in combination with other treatment methods, such as physical therapy, to ensure you get back in the game as quickly as possible.

At Valley Pain Centers, with two convenient Arizona locations in Phoenix and Peoria, you are never a number. Your consultation, examination, and treatment are always administered by a highly qualified physician. We have experienced physicians who can help you, including Patricia Henthorn, DC, DAAMUAP, and Norvan Vartevan, DO. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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