Elbow Pain Treatment
Pain conditions for the elbow often go by names such as “tennis elbow” and “golfer’s elbow,” but the truth is anyone can experience these injuries. The most painful elbow conditions come when the tendons or ligaments holding the elbow together are torn. Don’t worry – your arm isn’t going anywhere. But attempting to move it or performing tasks with your hand such as grasping, rotating, or typing can be very painful.
If your pain comes from a soft tissue tear (like a ligament or tendon injury), then you’re an excellent candidate for PRP and stem cell treatment. Injecting PRP and stem cells directly at the site of your injury can jumpstart your healing process. Instead of waiting for your body to eventually deliver the right healing ingredients where they need to go, our doctors put your body’s own healing materials right where they need to be. The result is fast pain relief and deep healing that lasts.
We would be happy to explain more about this treatment and how it can help you return to enjoying life without the pain. Please call us today to set your first appointment.
Treatment For Pain in Your Elbow
Tennis Elbow is a form of tendonitis. It is an irritation or inflammation of the cords that attach muscle to bone. These cords, called tendons, connect the muscles of the lower arm to the bone. Despite the name, this issue isn’t experienced exclusively by tennis or golf players. This type of tendonitis develops over time as a result of microscopic tears that form due to repetitive motions that put too much stress on the tendons and strain the muscles.
While sports such as golf, tennis, racquetball, fencing, and weight lifting can incite tendonitis, other activities can also affect the tendons.
Stem cells have the unique ability to become specialized cells such as bone, cartilage tendons, and muscle, necessary for healing injuries. They enhance the body’s natural repair process. When added to PRP therapy, this can be a powerful treatment, enabling patients to avoid lengthy and painful rehab that is needed after surgery to restore a typical range of motion, mobility, and strength. Regenerative medicine is undoubtedly the greatest discovery of modern medicine. It is a game changer as was the discovery of Penicillin. It is changing the future of medicine at an incredible speed.
Symptoms of Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
If you have tennis elbow, the inflamed tendons cause pain on the outside part of your elbow, centered near the bony knob. For those who have golfer’s elbow, the pain originates at the inside of the elbow. In some cases, the pain may also spread to the upper and lower part of your arm. Because of the way the tendon attaches to the bone, some movements may not hurt at all, while you experience burning pain with others. Actions most likely to cause pain when you have tendonitis in your elbow include:
- Opening a door
- Shaking hands
- Raising your hand
- Making a fist
- Straightening your wrist
- Gripping an object
Elbow Pain Treatment Options
Tendons often heal slowly because they receive only small amounts of blood. Corticosteroid shots, which have been the most common elbow pain treatment, are losing their appeal. Although they help relieve acute pain, the long-term results are disappointing. Studies show other treatments deliver better results over time, as they focus more on healing the damage, rather than masking the pain.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
This treatment uses injections of an individual’s own platelets to speed the healing process in injured joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They attract particular proteins, called healing growth factors, for marked improvement in long-term pain and reduced disability. Although there are no definitive guidelines for PRP therapy, you may be a good candidate if you meet the following criteria:
- Non-surgical treatments have been ineffective
- Pain from tendonitis affects your daily routine
- Are sensitive to common anti-inflammatory options such as ibuprofen
- NSAIDs such as ibuprofen does not reduce pain sufficiently
- Physical therapy has not significantly reduced disability or reduced pain
- Surgical options are not wanted
Imaging equipment, such as an ultrasound may be utilized to ensure precise targeting for the injection.
Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell therapy may be an alternative to surgery for patients who have osteoarthritis or other degenerative issues affecting the elbow. Cells are taken from a patient’s bone marrow, mixed with PRP or PPP, and implanted at the injury site. As a non-invasive option, stem cell therapy doesn’t carry a risk for infection or range of motion that accompanies elbow replacement surgery. The body increases its natural ability to repair itself.
You may be a candidate for stem cell therapy if you meet the following criteria:
- Have mild to moderate degenerative joint disease
- Are diagnosed with tendonitis
- Have tears in ligament tissue or cartilage
- Experienced a musculoskeletal injury that has not responded well to more traditional treatments
- Do not wish surgery
This innovative therapy is typically not covered by insurance. However, stem cell injections cost less than the out-of-pocket expenses required for more traditional treatments that insurance does often cover.
Non-Invasive, Natural Healing
In order to be successful in regenerative treatment, 3 qualities are fundamental for the medical professional:
- Expertise and proficiency in taking patient’s medical History and in performing a physical exam.
- In-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, biomechamics, physiology, and molecular biology.
- Expertise in injection and implantation of the Stem cells into the injured tissues, also known as Biocellular Prolotherapy.
This is what sets National Stem Cell Clinic apart from most other Stem cell centers. Our in-depth understanding of biotensegrity, our internationally renowned expertise in Regenerative medicine, and most importantly our compassion is what makes us different and unique. Contact us today if you have any questions about the process or want to learn more about the source of your elbow pain. We take pride in helping our patients achieve a life free from pain.