Non-surgical Hip Treatments

CRMC’s orthopaedic specialists work closely with you to determine the best possible treatment options for your condition, personal needs, and lifestyle. Whenever possible, we emphaszie conservative, non-invasive treatment methods to manage and treat hip pain. Arthritis pain in your hip may be relieved through injections, lifestyle modifications, medications, physical therapy, or plasma injections. At CRMC, we manage patients with non-surgical treatments as long as possible.

Reduce swelling, pain, or joint stiffness

Injections - Deliver medication directly to an affected area; ultrasound-guided injections are available at some locations

Steroid injection – Reduces inflammation in and around your joint

Viscosupplementation (hyaluronic acid injection) – Delivers a gel-like lubricating fluid to your joint to help it move more smoothly and preserve catilage

Our orthopaedic team includes experienced physical and occupational therapists who coach and guide patients’ before and after surgery. Therapists help our surgery patients get up and walking on the day of surgery and set a schedule for ongoing therapy. The next day patients receive therapy in the morning and afternoon.

To schedule a therapy appointment, call 218-546-7462. Click here for additional information.

Our orthopaedic team includes experienced physical and occupational therapists who coach and guide patients’ before and after surgery. Therapists help our surgery patients get up and walking on the day of surgery and set a schedule for ongoing therapy. The next day patients receive therapy in the morning and afternoon.

To schedule a therapy appointment, call 218-546-7462. Click here for additional information.

Introduction

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is common cause of elbow pain. It is caused due to irritation and poor healing of the wrist tendons as the attach to the lateral elbow. Tennis elbow is considered a self-limiting diagnosis in that most of the time the condition resolves itself in a year. The condition can recur. More recently, PRP injection for tennis elbow has become popular to attempt to speed healing. Your own blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge to separate the various types to blood cells and plasma. The plasma with platelets is injected back into the painful elbow.

Goal of the injection

The goal of a PRP injection is to speed up the healing process by using the patient’s own natural healing process to repair injured tissue.

Following a PRP injection

0-3 Days Post PRP Injection:

  • It is recommended that the patient rests the day of the procedure. The next two days the patient should focus on limited use of the injected area. Gentle range of motion (movement) is recommended.
  • Mild to moderate post-procedure pain can happen in the injected area. This is due to the inflammation at the injection site. Inflammation is the first stage of healing. The initial post procedure pain will typically resolve during the first few days after the procedure. You can take Tylenol as needed, per package recommendations.
  • DO NOT TAKE anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naproxen, Meloxicam, for at least two weeks after your procedure.
  • DO NOT TAKE blood thinning herbs, supplements or vitamins for the first three to four days after your procedure.
  • DO NOT TAKE systemic steroids such as Prednisone, Hydrocortisone, etc. for at least two weeks following your procedure (this plan will need to be discussed with your primary care provider prior to procedure).
  • Avoid showering for 24 hours following your procedure.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages for the first seven days following your procedure.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking delays healing and can increase the risk of complications.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily to help you heal properly. Water does not mean tea, coffee, or soda. If you are on a diuretic medication (water pill) please drink what is allowable for you.

 

3-14 Days Post PRP Injection

  • At this point you should gradually start increasing your daily activities and increase your exercise. To maximize the effects of the procedure, proper exercise is necessary.
  • If you are still experiencing pain, continue you can take Tylenol as needed.
  • No systemic steroids such as Prednisone, Hydrocortisone, etc. for at least two weeks following your procedure (per your designated plan).
  • No anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naproxen, Meloxicam for at least two weeks after your procedure.
  • Hand therapy is offered for progressive range of motion of elbow and wrist as well as progressive forearm conditioning to maximize function

Potential risk of the procedure

Injections are considered safe, non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments. As with all medical procedures, there associated risks and side-effects that may vary between each patient. These rare but potential risks are:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • In very rare instances (less than 1%), minor infections can occur
  • Increased pain or worsening symptoms.

Insurance Coverage

PRP injections are not typically covered by insurance. This is an out-of-pocket expense.

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