A Comparative Analysis Of Using Additional Prp Injection In Lateral Epicondyilitis (Tennis Elbow) Patient’s Undergoing Conventional Conservative Treatment
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 9, Pages 168-183
AbstractBackground: Lateral Epicondylitis also known as Tennis elbow is a very prevalent condition of our country frequently involving the low socio-economic profile population of laborers in males and housewife in females. The study was conducted to evaluate for additional effects of Platelet rich plasma over usual conventional conservative therapy in these patients.
Materials and method: A prospective analytical study, of total 56 patients of age between 18 -60 years were included in the study and all the patients were given the usual conventional conservative therapy of Rest, hot fomentation, NSAIDs, physiotherapy and orthoses. These were grouped randomly (systematic random sampling) into 2 groups with patients presenting at ODD numbers (1,3,5 and so on) receiving an additional single injection of PRP. All the patients were followed up at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd month by measuring the VAS Pain score and DASH functional score. Paired and Unpaired T-tests were used for statistical analyses at every follow up.
Results: 37 male & 19 females of total 56 patients, with a mean duration of 3 months presented to us, where PRP was given in 1 group of 28 patients along with conventional conservative therapy, contrary to the other group of 28 patients who recieved only conventional conservative therapy. Both, the PRP and conservative groups had individually significant result with time in terms of VAS & DASH score improvement, at all the 3 monthly follow up. On comparison between the groups, highly statistically significant pain relief and functional improvement in PRP group was observed in all follow ups with nil side effect profile.
Conclusion: Over a short term follow up of 3 months, an additional injection of PRP when given along with usual conventional conservative therapy gives better pain relief and functional improvement in the patients of lateral epicondylitis.
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