PRP golfer’s elbow pain relief options are now being offered in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding communities of Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley by Dr. Dylan W. Krueger, NMD of Atlas Health Medical Group.
Overview of Golfer’s Elbow
Medial Epicondylitis or Golfer’s Elbow is common inflammatory condition or tendinitis at the medial elbow joint. The inflammation occurs where the flexor and pronator muscles of the forearm attach to the medial elbow at the epicondyle. This is the exact opposite of Tennis elbow, which is tendinitis on the lateral epicondyle. Golfer’s elbow is generally an overuse injury where the patient repeatedly undergoes wrist flexion and forceful resistance. This can happen during the backswing and on impact of the golf club with the ground and ball. Golfer’s elbow is not limited to just golf though, it can occur with any overuse of the wrist flexors such as manual labor or poor posture during computer work. There are varying degrees of inflammation severity with this condition, and in the early stages golfers will often be able to play through the pain until the tendinitis progresses further.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
- Pain on the medial elbow
- Muscle weakness in the forearm, hands and wrist
- Stiffness at the elbow joint, particularly after playing golf
- Radiating pain into the hand
Golfer’s elbow can be diagnosed in office through a complete medical history and physical exam. This is usually done by a primary care or family medicine doctor. The diagnosis of Golfer’s Elbow is easy to make, particularly after palpating the medial epicondyle of the humerus bone and completing other orthopedic exams. Occasionally, x-ray and MRI imaging is ordered if the doctor believes there to be more complexity to the elbow pain. First line therapies include; rest, ice, and over the counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. If the pain persists, stretching and strengthening or physical therapy will be considered. For continued pain, corticosteroid injections in the elbow tendons or surgery will weighed.
PRP Golfer’s Elbow Treatment
At Atlas Health Medical Groups Gilbert, AZ clinic platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are used to treat Golfer’s elbow pain. The treatment involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood, centrifuging, and then extracting the platelets from the other components of the blood. Once the platelets are extracted and concentrated, they then can be injected into the the damaged tendons and joint of the medial elbow. The aim of the treatment is to improve structural strength of the elbow by treating the laxity, inflammation and micro trauma of the tendons. This typically involves injecting the medial attachments of the pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, palmaris longus, and flexor carpi ulnaris. We also treat the joint itself to strengthen the cartilage between the interacting bones of the elbow.
- Pain Relief
- Improves Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, and Connective Tissue
- Utilizes your Natural Growth Factors
- Minimal Downtime
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
This comprehensive PRP Golfer’s Elbow allows the body to reheal from the damages sustained from overuse of the wrist flexors. The PRP injections treat the damaged tendons that were stressed and micro damaged from the force of the injury while strengthening all the supporting structures of the elbow joint. This type of regenerative naturopathic medicine produces clinical outcomes that often outperform conventional medical care and in a shorter time span. Patients begin seeing improvement within 6 weeks typically, with the best results observed 3-6 months post injection. Depending on severity, patients may need more than 1 treatment for a full recovery. Improved range of motion and functionality are observed following comprehensive treatment. These outcomes provide attractive alternatives to conventional care with minimal expense and downtime. For more information about golfer’s elbow, Regenerative Injection Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Naturopathic pain management, knee pain treatments options, or our Gilbert, AZ location, please contact us at: 480-648-1534
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