Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), one of the latest treatments for tendon injuries, heals tennis elbow better than corticosteroid shots, a study by Dutch physician Taco Gosens suggests.
Normally, injured tendons heal slowly because of the relatively little blood flow they receive. Blood platelets attract healing growth factors, so the idea of PRP is to inject a patient's own platelets at the site of a tendon injury. tis
Corticosteroid shots, meanwhile, have been losing favor. They are great at relieving acute pain in the short term, but they don't promote healing in the long run and may even lead to further tendon breakdown.
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