In most patients, there is some slight discomfort during the actual procedure, but in general it is well tolerated. Post-injection soreness at the injection site is sometimes present because of an inflammatory response caused by PRP therapy. This soreness usually resolves on its own within a few days after the injection.
Approximately 15% of patients suffer a slight “flare-up” of their symptoms, which can be very uncomfortable for 5-7 days post injection.
Finally, those patients undergoing treatments for lateral epicondylitis are advised that these injections specifically are painful during their administration. A pain killer can be prescribed ahead of time. Please contact Dr. Rodriguez-Elizalde ahead of time if you are having one of these injections.
It is important that anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Aspirin be avoided following treatments because these medicines may block the effects of the intended healing response facilitated by the post-injection inflammation.
It is acceptable to use pain medication such as Tylenol, and in some cases a prescribed pain reliever, which does not have anti-inflammatory properties, to control discomfort as needed.