Tennis Elbow & PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy – Is it Right for Me?

Tennis Elbow PDFEmory Sports Medicine Center orthopedist, Dr. R. Amadeus Mason, recently spoke with the team from CNN about a study involving people with tennis elbow and the effectiveness of the treatment options. Check out this story to see what Dr. Mason recommends for treating tennis elbow.

Another treatment option available for chronic tendinitis like tennis elbow is Plasma Rich Platelet therapy, also know as PRP. The Emory sports medicine physicians use PRP to treat patients with chronic tendinitis or arthritis symptoms. Typically the patient will have tried other treatment options such as physical therapy, medications, and refraining from activity before being considered for PRP.

Dr. Mason explains, “PRP treatment is innovative because it takes a patient’s own blood and targets a specific area and harnesses its healing ability and allows us to treat specific types of injuries that otherwise would not be able to treat effectively.”

Typically during a PRP injection, a patient’s blood is drawn from his arm and transferred to a centrifuge machine where it spins the blood for about 15 minutes. The spinning separates the platelets from the other components of the blood. Using an ultrasound machine, the platelets are injected back into the patient into the damaged, painful area of the body.

Dr. Ken Mautner adds, “For the first time we can do a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure where we are just drawing blood from your arm and injecting right to the area of damage and actually get the body to heal itself without the need for a scalpel or any significant bed-rest or downtime.”

Watch this short video of Beth, an Emory Sports Medicine patient with tennis elbow. Beth tried several treatment options but in the end, PRP therapy allowed her to again be pain free and get back to the active lifestyle she wants to live.

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About R. Amadeus Mason, MD
Dr. Amadeus MasonDr. Mason is an assistant professor in the Orthopaedics and Family Medicine departments at Emory University. He is board certified in Sports Medicine with a special interest in track and field, running injuries and exercise testing. He has been trained in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection. Dr. Mason is Team Physician for USA Track and Field and the National Scholastic Sports Foundation Track and Field and Cross Country meets, Tucker High School, and Georgia Tech Track and Field.Dr. Mason is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the America Road Racing Medical Society, and the USA Track and Field Sports Medicine and Science Committee. He has been invited to be a resident physician at the US Olympic Training Center, a Sports Medicine consultant in his homeland of Jamaica and the Chief Medical Officer at multiple USA Track and Field international competitions. He has also been a frequently featured guest CNN’s fit nation commenting on a wide variety of topics related to athletics and running injuries. Dr. Mason attended Princeton University and was Captain of the track team.

Dr. Mason is an active member of the Atlanta running community. He attended Princeton University and was Captain of the track team. His other sports interests include soccer, college basketball and football, and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). A Decatur resident, he is married with three children.

About Ken Mautner, MD
Ken Mautner, MDKen Mautner, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Mautner started practicing at Emory in 2004 after completing a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He is board certified in PM&R with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Mautner currently serves as head team physician for Agnes Scott College and St. Pius High School and a team physician for Emory University Athletics. He is also a consulting physician for Georgia Tech Athletics, Neuro Tour, and several local high schools. He has focused his clinical interest on sports concussions, where he is regarded as a local and regional expert in the field. In 2005, he became one of the first doctors in Georgia to use office based neuropsychological testing to help determine return to play recommendations for athletes. He also is an expert in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound and teaches both regional and national courses on how to perform office based ultrasound. He regularly performs Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for patients with chronic tendinopathy. Dr. Mautner also specializes in the care of athletes with spine problems as well as hip and groin injuries.

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  • Marie

    Is the PRP a painful procedure?

    • Hi Marie, thanks for your question! To give you an idea of what to expect, we do numb the area with local anesthesia beforehand, but there can be some discomfort during the procedure. It is also possible for the pain to worsen slightly about an hour after the procedure when the numbing medicine wears off, but it’s important to remember that every patient is different. Hope this helps!

  • Beena Mathew

    Hi, I live in Canada. My son is a second year medical student. He developed severe tennis elbow 4 months ago. Multiple physiotherapy techniques and cortisone injections did not work. He is at this point thinking that he may not be able to complete his studies if this persists as he is not able to use a computer. We would like to look at PRP treatment before surgery as it has less downtime. How much does it cost?