You are right, I've never had to try to heal anything like what you, the OP and others describe. I hope I never suffer that, but if I do it's good to know about PRP.The pressure bands can work great on the front end of tendentious, mild cases and even continued use once a flare up calms down. But if you over use it to the point of it turning chronic no band will help. Rest, therapy, re strengthening and time.
29 years of factory work tuned mine into chronic in both elbows. Bands, maxed out injections, PT and more PT. Last year finally went to a specialist and was given 3 choices. 1. Surgery on both elbows 40% full recovery 40% partial recovery and 20% no relief.
2. Get what Jimmy got the PRP treatment. Insurance would not cover and at $500 per treatment and would have 2-3 treatments per elbow way out of my families budget.
3. Intense PT with some new treatments. Went with that for a little over a year. First 3 months 3 times per week then moved down to 2 per week 5 months and then to once per week.
yes it worked great for me, a few months rest then slow/easy use of the Powerball got me back shooting pain free. My GP was so impressed she bought 5 for her resident Physiotherapist.