Golfer's elbow treatment

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Golfer's elbow treatment

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Golfe’s elbow treatment

Non-surgical treatment

In the beginning stages, rest, cold application, massages and taking anti-inflammatory medication may efficiently relieve the symptoms. Reeducation protocols (ergotherapy, physiotherapy) may also be prescribed. If, after 12 weeks of conserving treatment, the pain is still present or if the imaging tests allowed the identification of a hairline fracture of the tendon, it is possible to have recourse to corticoid infiltrations or PRP (platelet- rich plasma) injections. Theses injections must preferably be done with ultrasound guidance for a better precision.

 

What is PRP?

The PRP injection (Plasma-rich platelets) is a technique that is increasingly used in the treatment of various specialized pathologies. It’s a question of centrifuging a small quantity of blood previously drawn from the patient in order to extract the platelets concentrated plasma (growth factor). This enriched plasma is then injected back into the zone to be treated in order to naturally stimulate the healing process of the soft tissue. Several sessions may be necessary.

 

Surgical treatment

The surgical indication is set forth when the medical treatment fails. Tenotomy is the most often used surgical technique and the one Dr. Brutus opts for. The intervention consists in debriding then clean up the inflamed tendons through a short 2 to 3 cm incision. The surgery lasts around thirty minutes and is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The success and satisfaction rates associated with this intervention are high and there are very few risks of complication.

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