Regenerative injection therapy for tennis elbow pain are now being offered in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding communities of Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan and Mesa, AZ by the highly skilled and trusted physicians at Atlas Health Medical Group.
Overview of Tennis Elbow Pain
Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis elbow is common inflammatory condition or tendinitis at the lateral elbow joint. The inflammation occurs where the extensor muscles of the forearm attach to the lateral elbow at the epicondyle of the humerus. This is the exact opposite of Golfer’s elbow, which is tendinitis on the medial epicondyle. Tennis elbow is generally an overuse injury where the patient repeatedly undergoes wrist extension and forceful resistance. This can happen during the swinging and follow through motion of tennis and other racket sports. Tennis elbow is not limited to just tennis though, it can occur with any overuse of the wrist and forearm extensors such as painting, carpentry, auto repair, and cooking. There are varying degrees of inflammation severity with this condition, and in the early stages tennis players will often be able to play through the pain until the tendinitis progresses further.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
- Pain on the lateral elbow
- Muscle weakness in the forearm, hands and wrist
- Stiffness at the elbow joint, particularly after playing racket sports
- Radiating pain into the hand
- Diminished grip strength
Tennis 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 is easy to make, particularly after palpating the lateral 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.
Regenerative Injection Therapy Tennis Elbow Relief
Regenerative injection therapy is a new cutting edge treatment used for tennis elbow pain. The treatment involves taking sample of the patient’s own blood, typically anywhere from 30-120 ml depending on the location and extraction method. The blood is then centrifuged and then the platelets are extracted from the components of the blood. Once the platelets are seperated and concentrated, they then can be injected into the the damaged tendons and joint of the lateral elbow. The PRP helps in the healing cascade and provides support to the local stem cells. The aim of the treatment is to restore structural strength of the elbow by treating the laxity, inflammation and micro trauma of the tendons. This typically involves injecting the lateral attachments of the extensor tendons, extensor carpi radialis brevis, extensor digitorum, and extensor carpi ulnaris. A comprehensive approach will also treat the joint itself, thus further strengthening the cartilage between the interacting bones of the elbow.
Regenerative Injection Therapy Benefits
- Pain Relief
- Improves Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, and Connective Tissue
- Utilizes your own Cells / Natural Growth Factors
- Minimal Downtime
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
This comprehensive treatment approach of regenerative injection therapy for tennis elbow pain allows the body to heal from the damages sustained from overuse of the wrist extensors. These 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 medicine produces clinical outcomes that are very favorable compared to conventional steroid injections or pain management. Patients begin seeing improvement typically within the 6 weeks with best results 6-12 months post injection. Depending on severity, patients may need between 1-3 treatments for a full recovery. Improvements in range of motion and functionality are common following comprehensive treatment. These outcomes provide attractive alternatives to people struggling in chronic pain with minimal expense and downtime. If you would like more information about platelet rich plasma, or our integrative approach to pain management, please contact us at: 480-648-1534
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