Dr Iain Duncan
lateral epicondylitis

Lateral Epicondylitis: A Therapy Update

Background  Definition: Lateral epicondylitis is a common, painful condition characterized by pain at the lateral side of the elbow, that increases during gripping or squeezing. Though sometimes referred to as “tennis elbow” it occurs mostly in middle aged adults regardless of sporting activity.  Light microscopy reveals both an excess of fibroblasts and blood vessels that […]

PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections for osteoarthritis

Iain Duncan February 2016 I understand the rationale and use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) for tendon problems but I am continually asked about PRP injections for osteoarthritis.  It is less intuitive than its use for tendon pathologies, where the PRP can be seen to simulate a normal healing response. PRP is not “normal” in joints […]

Injection therapies for plantar fasciopathy (‘plantar fasciitis’): a systematic review and network meta-analysis of 22 randomised controlled trials

Konstantinos Tsikopoulos, Haris S Vasiliadis and Dimitris Mavridis. Abstract Objective To compare the efficacy of different injection therapies for plantar fasciopathy (historically known as ‘plantar fasciitis’). Design Systematic review and network meta-analysis. Data sources Electronic databases (MEDLINE, CENTRAL, Web of Science and Scopus) were searched up to 11 July 2015 for completed studies. Eligibility criteria for selecting […]

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Patient Information Platelet rich plasma injections / treatment involves the collection of your blood (approximately 8 ml) which is then spun down using a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelet portion using the ‘separator gel’ as a special filter. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into the injury. The product […]

PRP therapy for tendinopathies and tendon tears

Iain Duncan October 2015 PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapies have been used for over a decade for a whole number of clinical problems (see PRP wikipedia entry). PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets and contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. […]